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Aaron Rodgers inactive for the Packers

Posted on: January 1, 2012 11:46 am
Edited on: January 1, 2012 1:02 pm
 
Rodgers

By Josh Katzowitz

Without the possibility of an undefeated season and with a No. 1 seed already locked up for the NFC playoffs, it was thought that quarterback Aaron Rodgers, though he might play a little today, probably wouldn’t go the whole way.

Now, we know for sure he won’t play at all.

That’s because Rodgers is among the Packers inactives for today’s game vs. the Lions. Also inactive are linebacker Clay Matthews, receiver Greg Jennings, running back James Starks, tackle Bryan Bulaga and cornerback Charles Woodson.
 
That means quarterback Matt Flynn will get the second start of his career, and it’ll be interesting to see if he can repeat last year’s performance vs. the Patriots in which Flynn played well and nearly did enough to beat New England.

“I’m not really trying to go out there and prove anything to anybody or the rest of the NFL,” Flynn said earlier this week. “I’m going to go out there and try to win the game. My job as the backup is to do my best to not let there be too much of a drop-off at the position.

“Go in there, execute the offense, move the chains and put points up. That’s my job, and that’s all it should be.”

As the Packers team website points out, Rodgers has officially broken Peyton Manning's record for the highest-ever season passer rating. Rodgers will finish the season with a rating of 122.5, better than Manning's 121.4 rating in 2004.


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Comments

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2012 7:37 pm
 

Aaron Rodgers inactive for the Packers

Would like to see Rob Gronkowski get a mention as a MVP candidate. Breaking TE records got to mean something.


Also agree Brees has been more impressive than Rodgers.  



Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2012 4:18 pm
 

Aaron Rodgers inactive for the Packers

If Chase Daniels goes in for the Saints, N.O. AIN'T scoring 38 points. Drew Brees is the real MVP, Rodgers is a system QB.



Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2012 3:23 pm
 

Aaron Rodgers inactive for the Packers

Correct that, Brees: 46 TDs, 5476 yards, completions in a season, completion % in a season, most 300 yard games in a season, most 350 yard games in a season. Just rewrote the record books. Brees = the Real MVP.



Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2012 3:21 pm
 

Aaron Rodgers inactive for the Packers

This tells me you could plug anyone into the system and have success. Drew Brees is the real MVP. 5400+ yards, 45 TDs, Completion record, Completion % record, most 300 yards in a season, most 350 yards in a season.



Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2012 3:16 pm
 

Aaron Rodgers inactive for the Packers

Rodgers sits and Green Bay doesn't miss a beat. Not what you'd expect when an MVP sits.



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2012 2:52 pm
 

Aaron Rodgers inactive for the Packers

Freeneyblitz,


I don't believe this is all Rodgers' decision, but if it were and he was worried about records wouldn't he want to start to continue a start streak alive too?(albeit a short streak so far)  A team that has locked everything up rests KEY starters and obviously those nursing injuries.  Finally, if it was about records why not try for single season touchdown record?  It may be a longshot but for every TD he would throw he extends the team record.  I can't believe every time I read posts that there are people who make stupid accusations like that.  I would not have thought at all about if Brady, Manning or Breeze were sitting in the same situation that their team or they themselves would risk so much (a ring, injury) for so little (a pass record).



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2012 2:36 pm
 

Aaron Rodgers inactive for the Packers

Freeney Blitz, 

Why oh who would you play any of your starters when you have nothing to play for and locked in at #1. It be a little different if they were still undefeated but why risk an injury? Give me a break. I'm not a Paxckers fan and I can even see that.  



Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2012 2:21 pm
 

Aaron Rodgers inactive for the Packers

Manning played every game in 2004. I guess that Rodgers is scared that if he plays poorly, he won't finish the season with the record breaking passer ratinig. Big deal. LMAO. He won't have the record very long.



Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: January 1, 2012 1:38 pm
 

Aaron Rodgers inactive for the Packers

I see what you are saying, but I disagree with you. The Packers have nothing to play for and resting Aaron Rodgers isn't based on him obtaining any record. It's about winning another ring and that's not going to happen if he gets hurt today. A lot of teams have rested key players late in the season when the playoffs are approaching and they have already clinched. It's been going on for years around the NFL.

The Packers are looking out for #1 and that's themselves with this decision. 



Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: January 1, 2012 1:10 pm
 

Aaron Rodgers inactive for the Packers

It may be a "meaningless" game for Green Bay, but the Falcons need a Detroit loss, and a win over Tampa to get the 5th seed. As a Packers fan, I remember a year, when Green Bay trailed Minnesota, by a game going into the final weekend. Green Bay won their game, Minnesota was playing San Francisco. The 49ers sat Steve Young, and basicly gave Minnesota the win. I can understand resting Woodson, and Matthews, but Rodgers isn`t injuried.


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