I hate to look ahead at all, but with everyone talking about a Packer's win and a Giant's loss sealing the playoff picture, let's explore an odd situation that is going to develop.
The Arizona Cardinals play at Detroit, then host the St. Louis Rams. If the Cardinals win both games (which they should) they win the division.
The Packers play at Pittsburgh and then Seattle. The Packers win one and the Giants lose against either Washington or Carolina and the Pack is in.
If you look ahead to week 17, the Packers would be at 11-4 and the Cardinals at 10-5 having clinched the division.
If this scenario plays out as predicted, guess what happens? Back-to-back regular season and playoff games against the Cardinals.
Now that ladies and gentleman is an interesting scenario. Would the Packers sit their starters, or play generic football in week 17? Does Aaron and the rest of the crew take half the game off to save themselves for the following week? Think about it, neither team will have a single thing to play for in the final contest except a careful game of hide the salami until the following week.
Would the Packers team just stay in Arizona, or make the flight back? Do they play their starters both games to stay mentally fresh and not lose momentum? These are all questions to be answered with just one more win.
Like I said, I hate looking forward, but I know there has been precedence for this before. Just what do you do if you are the Green Bay Packers?