Green Bay Packers: Why the Packers Should Chase 16-0 and Not Rest Starters

Matt SteinCorrespondent IIDecember 16, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 04:  (L-R)  Randall Cobb #18, Greg Jennings #85, Vic So'oto #97, Donald Driver #80 and Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers celebrate after Mason Crosby #2 kicked a successful 30-yard game-winning field goal to beat the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on December 4, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Packers won 38-35.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers enter Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs with a 13-0 record.

Three more wins and the Packers will become the third team in NFL history to finish the regular season with an undefeated record. There has been well over 1,000 seasons played through by NFL teams and only two of those seasons have ended in perfection.

Green Bay has a chance to make it three, and to say that they shouldn't attempt to chase perfection, but rather rest their starters, is plain ludicrous.

It's not every day that the opportunity to make sports history is at your fingertips. To this day, people still talk about the 1972 Miami Dolphins. That certainly wouldn't have been the case had that team rested their starters and finished the season with one loss.

NFL football is the only major professional sport where a perfect season is truly attainable. We'll never see the Chicago Bulls, Detroit Red Wings or New York Yankees finish the regular season with a perfect record.

The 2011 Packers, however, do have a chance at a perfect season. It's a chance that the other 31 teams in the NFL wish they had.

I understand that injuries are piling up for Green Bay. I know that they've already locked up the NFC North and that they only need one more win to have every team they face in the playoffs travel to Lambeau Field.

While those reasons deserve deep consideration from Mike McCarthy and the Packers, they really don't mean much when you're in the chase for sports history. Don't get me wrong, if Aaron Rodgers was to get injured ahead of the playoffs, I would cry for weeks—maybe months.

However, you know what would make me even more depressed for the team I love? If they stopped trying.

If the Green Bay Packers gave up on perfection, it would crush and disappoint me.

Sure, they could finish the regular season 13-3 or 14-2, have their roster healthy and rested and still win the Super Bowl. However, will anyone remember them in 39 years? Does anyone remember the 1971 or 1973 Super Bowl champions off the top of their head?

We're talking about sports immortality, and the Packers have a realistic opportunity to reach that highest level.

Why would they want to let it pass them by?