Aaron Rodgers: Packers Making a Mistake Sitting the Pro Bowler This Weekend

Michael Mill@@MikeMill23Senior Analyst IIIDecember 30, 2011

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 25: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers is chased out of the pocket while playing the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on December 25, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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The debate about resting starters with nothing on the line has been a controversial topic in the NFL for years.

That trend will continue this season, with ProFootballTalk reporting that the Packers may sit some of their star players on Sunday, including Aaron Rodgers.

Both sides of the debate have weight, but sitting players that are healthy enough to play may be a huge mistake for Green Bay.

Don't even try to say that the Packers are good enough that they can do it.

Remember a few years back when the 14-0 Colts decided to rest starters the final two weeks of the season?

The Colts lost both games with starters out, then lost their first playoff game to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

They came out flat.

I'm not saying that the same thing would happen in Green Bay, but it could.

If anything, playing starters could have a positive effect. Momentum is one of the most undervalued aspects of the game.

Look at the Giants with their Super Bowl run a few years back.

They played all of their starters in a meaningless game against the undefeated Patriots in Week 17.

They lost the game, but it gave them momentum and confidence heading into the postseason.

Imagine if the Packers decide to rest their starters and the Detroit Lions pull off a win.

What if the Lions use that momentum to roll through their first Wild Card game? They keep that momentum going and take out the Saints.

Then they meet the Packers who they just beat in Week 17. Do the Packers really want to even chance giving them that sort of confidence and momentum?

The worst thing any team in the NFL can do is give away a game that they should win.

This is one the Packers should win. They need to play the right guys and make sure they do.