Dave Schroeder's 'Fast 5 Pack Facts': Packers at Lions
As the Green Bay Packers (12-3) prepare for their regular season finale at the Detroit Lions (3-11-1) it's time to get ready for kick with Dave Schroeder's 'Fast 5 Pack Facts.'
Matt LaFleur has said his team is treating this as a playoff game. A win guarantee gives Green Bay a playoff bye. Beyond that, the #1 seed and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs is possible with a Packers win over the Lions + a Seahawks win at home over the 49ers.
The worst Green Bay can finish is the #3 seed (with a Packers loss + a Saints win over the Panthers). The #3 seed would provide a Wild Card weekend matchup against the Vikings, who are locked in to the #6 seed.
Aaron Rodgers is in his 12th year as a starter, but has had the benefit of a bye week in the playoffs only twice before (2011 & 2014). No team has reached the Super Bowl in the last 6 seasons without having a playoff bye.
Packers RB Aaron Jones leads the NFL with 19 TD's this season and sits 1 score shy of Ahman Green's franchise record for scores in a season. 20 TD's would be a historic milestone. And beyond Green Bay greatness, #20 would put Jones rare air league-wide Only 3 players in the NFL have scored 20 times in a season this entire DECADE.
Jones also sits just 16 yards shy of his first 1,000-yard rushing season. His teammates want the milestone for him.
Aaron Rodgers is not going to be the NFL MVP this year. But that's a good thing! No MVP has won the Super Bowl the same season in 20 years (since Kurt Warner in 1999).
Rodgers said this week: "In this offense, this year, I don't need to throw 40 touchdowns for us to win." He is right. Rodgers' numbers may be down (24 TD, 3 INT), but the team's win total is up. And a 13th win would make 2019 the 2nd-most successful regular season of Rodgers' career.
Packers 35, Lions 16
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at 10:35. Packers interceptions leader Kevin King joins Chris Roth in studio to break things down and set the stage for the playoffs to come.