Coming into the regular-season finale against the Minnesota Vikings, the Green Bay Packers have won nine of their last 10 games and appear to be one of the most dangerous teams in the NFC heading into the playoffs.
Although Green Bay has wrapped up the NFC North division and is playoff bound regardless of the outcome against the Vikings on Sunday, the Packers will be not be resting their starters in Week 17.
With a win over the division rival Vikings this weekend, Green Bay will secure a first-round bye in the playoffs. Even with a loss to Adrian Peterson and company, the Packers may still have an outside chance of clinching the bye if the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks both lose.
Unfortunately, Green Bay will have to take on the run-heavy Vikings without veteran safety Charles Woodson according to ESPN.com:
The Green Bay Packers again will be without safety Charles Woodson for Sunday’s game at theMinnesota Vikings, the team announced Wednesday.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Woodson wants to play but is being held out based on a doctor’s recommendation.
Woodson has played a game since breaking his collarbone back on Oct. 21 in the win over the St. Louis Rams. It remains uncertain at this point in time whether or not Woodson will be good to go for the Packers’ first playoff game.
All season long the Packers have dealt with injuries to some of their best players on both sides of the football. Along with Woodson, Green Bay has had wide receivers Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson on the shelf as well as defensive end Clay Matthews.
Obviously, despite their injury problems, the Packers have played extremely well as of late and will be a force to be reckoned with come playoff time.
If the Packers fail to get the best of the Vikings in Week 17, they’ll more than likely end up playing the Vikings once again in the first-round of the playoffs.