The shock and awe of a tie in the NFL appears to have settled in for the Packers as they moved quickly to dismiss the 26-26 overtime final with the Minnesota Vikings Sunday to look forward to the Thanksgiving Day showdown in Motown against the Detroit Lions. Head Coach Mike McCarthy said the usual Monday film review, grading and corrections was condensed to get the game plan into the hands of the players before Tuesday and Wednesday practices. Because the team endured five full quarters, and having a dozen players listed on the estimated injury report released Monday, McCarthy is going to scale back Tuesday's on field work load and do the heavy lifting on Wednesday, the same day they'll depart for the Motor City. The biggest question remains: Who's the quarterback this week?
Aaron Rodgers met with the medical team today and while little was revealed about the session, McCarthy put his chances of playing against the Lions at between, "Slim and none." Rodgers will need to practice at least Wednesday to be even considered and that appears unlikely. In the meantime, McCarthy said he's going to prepare both Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien to start, declining to announce a starter. Mike said he doesn't want to get caught trashing his play sheet and flying by the seat of everyone's pants with a quarterback thrust into a game that hasn't practiced the plan. Flynn estimates he's had exactly 8 snaps with the number one offense since he got here a week and a half ago. After the game, McCarthy said it's obvious the life without Rodgers stretch hasn't worked. "That's on me", said McCarthy but the entire team has to pick it up.
Because they didn't actually take the field, the team released only an estimated injujry report today. The list was long, a dozen names. Rodgers, obviously wouldn't have practiced because of the collarbone. The others who would not have worked today include: Johnathan Franklin (concussion/neck), C.J. Wilson (ankle), Josh Sitton (back), Jamari Lattimore (quad) and Brandon Bostick (concussion). Those listed as limited were Marshall Newhouse (shoulder), Nick Perry (foot/ankle), Mike Neal (abdomen) , Johnny Jolly (groin), Sam Shields (hamstring) and Don Barclay (knee).
The December 8 game against the Atlanta Falcons was flexed out of prime time by the League. Originally scheduled for the 7:30 PM kickoff at Lambeau Field on NBC, the NFL pushed the matchup of 5-5-1 and 2-9 teams to 12:00 PM. Moving into the prime time slot will be the NFC South showdown between Carolina and New Orleans.
The generosity of Packers fans came through again Sunday as the Marine Corps and the Pack collected 1500 new toys and more than $17,000 dollars in cash donations for the annual Toys for Tots Drive before the Minnesota game. Well done, as usual.