NFL: Critics Be Damned, Green Bay Packers Should Try to Go 19-0

Matt SmithContributor IIIDecember 6, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 04:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers runs with the ball against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on December 4, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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As the Green Bay Packers sweated through the hardest remaining game on their schedule, people everywhere started to ponder whether the Packers would go through the season undefeated.

Now the question didn't seem to be whether Green Bay will go undefeated, but rather if they should try to go undefeated.

Let me get this out of the way: When you're this close to a shot at history, you take it.

Some of you may point to an earlier article of mine in which I said that it might turn out to be a blessing if the Packers lose during the regular season. My stance has slightly changed.

If Aaron Rodgers can bring this team to a perfect regular season at no cost, that's great. However, if they do lose a game and players reflect on it (if they win the Super Bowl) positively as a thing that raised, I won't be too disappointed.

But with three of the next four games at home, the Packers should be able to pull off the victories. Their games are against, in chronological order, the Raiders, Chiefs, Bear and Lions, with the only away game at Kansas City.

Some thought that this past game against the Giants could result in a loss and it almost did. However, they won with their two backup middle linebackers in the game.

With a perfect season so close, players in the locker room have to be pushing for the opportunity to go undefeated.

Being within reach, Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson have no choice but to let their players play their hearts out.