The Green Bay Packers will not take their foot off of the gas pedal for these final three regular-season games. Players such as Charles Woodson and Aaron Rodgers have already alluded to the fact that they would like to go 16-0.
Head Coach Mike McCarthy refuses to elaborate much past this Sunday's game at Kansas City, but just his demeanor makes it hard to believe that he would play any game to lose.
Although many fans and media have speculated as to whether or not the Packers would rest their starters if they can wrap up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win this weekend, McCarthy claims that the Packers have already slightly scaled back their practice schedule because of the wear and tear the cold weather has on his players. Maybe this is an alternative to or his idea of resting his starters.
Besides, history has not been kind to teams who have decided to hold starters out for fear of injury, the most glaring example being the 2009 Indianapolis Colts.
The Colts were sitting at 14-0 when coach Jim Caldwell decided to pull superstar quarterback Peyton Manning and a host of other valuable first-stringers in the third quarter of a contest against the New York Jets.
But they were loudly booed by their home fans after backup signal caller Curtis Painter coughed up a fumble that was returned for six. The Jets won the game, therefore ruining the Colt's perfect record, 29-15.
The Colts never really seemed to regain their mojo; they went on to play in Super Bowl XLIV, but they lost the game to the New Orleans Saints, 31-17.
The Packers do not want to make the same mistake, and I feel they will not slack off on their way to 16-0. Here are my predictions for the last three regular-season games.