McCarthy channels Herm Edwards: "Play to win"

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Packers’ fate is sealed. Outside the playoffs, they will finish in 3rd place in the NFC North. And thus next year's schedule is already set. Outside the division Green Bay will play the AFC East and NFC West, while hosting the Falcons and visiting Washington (the corresponding 3rd-place finishers in the NFC South and NFC East).

It's clear cut. But draft order and pride (over obtaining a .500 record) still hang in the balance Sunday at Detroit.

With a loss Green Bay could get close to a top-10 draft pick. But with a win Green Bay avoids a losing season, making it 9 years in a row with at least a .500 record.

There a lot of Packers stars and starters on the injury report this week.

Davante Adams is still in concussion protocol and Jordy Nelson is unlikely to play. Neither practiced on Wednesday. Jahri Evans, Aaron Jones, Nick Perry, and Geronimo Allison all missed the workout as well.

But would those ailments keep them out if the Packers were in the playoff hunt?

“I can see why you'd ask the question, but we've never had that conversation,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “It's important to play to win. This isn't the preseason. I think it would be the wrong message to send to your locker room, a terrible message to send to your fans. People are going to go to Ford Field to see the Green Bay Packers play the Lions. We are going there to win and if our players are healthy I expect them to play and I expect them to play to win.”