GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 11: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers sits on the bench in the 4th quarter of a game against the Oakland Raiders at Lambeau Field on December 11, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Raiders 46-16. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
There are two questions to ask as the end of the regular season draws near for the Green Bay Packers. Will they make it all the way to 16-0? And will they bench their starters down the stretch?
Jets Beat Up The Chiefs And 21 Things To Remember About The Game - Arrowhead Pride. Their next opponent (and last away game of the season) is in Kansas City. The Chiefs were completely embarrassed on Sunday by the Jets. When I looked at halftime, the Chiefs had negative yards on offense. The Jets defense is good, but they aren't that good. While the Chiefs offense is in free fall, their defense made life tough on the Steelers when they played at Arrowhead on November 27th.
Twitter / @MikeVandermause: MM: Next goal is homefield ... In the post-game press conference, Mike McCarthy's mind had already moved onto his next opponent. He's still focused on his normal routine, and their unbeaten record isn't making him change it. Don't expect the Chiefs game to be a trap game. McCarthy's NFL roots go back to Pittsburgh, but he got his first NFL job with the Chiefs. This game will mean something to him.
Twitter / @MikeVandermause: MM: Felt important to get ... It was unexpected to see Derek Sherrod taking snaps at left tackle. Marshall Newhouse has been wildly inconsistent, last week against the Giants was the low point of his season, and now they've decided to give Sherrod "some action." Later, Newhouse replaced Sherrod at left tackle, and then Newhouse even played some snaps at right guard in the fourth quarter (while Matt Flynn was taking a safety). With all the position changes, It felt like a preseason game. Sherrod hasn't moved ahead of Newhouse, but it appears to be something the coaches are considering.
Packers 'going to try to go for this thing' - NFC North Blog - ESPN. The players and coaches are not going to take their foot off the gas. "We don't play scared." McCarthy was intending to take Aaron Rodgers out after the third quarter, but the score allowed them to take him out earlier. At least it was earlier in their mind. The game was really over before halftime. It doesn't sound like they would have taken out any of the starters if it'd been a closer score. They were even planning to give A.J. Hawk some playing time in the second half.