The team understandably slept in Monday after arriving around midnight Sunday from the 33-7 romp over the Arizona Cardinals. Mike McCarthy gave the team off Monday but has them back at it already today for film corrections of the regular season finale and early preparation for the re-match. The news is good regarding defensive back Charles Woodson. He did aggravate his shoulder which has been problematic for about a month. McCarthy said Woodson will likely be limited in practice this week but should be fine for the NFC Wild Card rematch in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday. Nose tackle Ryan Pickett and linebacker Brandon Chillar, who sat out last week's game, are expected to be ready to return.
From the Cardinals camp, coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday receiver Anquan Boldin has both knee and ankle injuries and the ankle is worse off. He may be limited this week. Defensive back Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie was cleated in the knee but should be fine and defensive end Calais Campbell had a procedure done to repair a broken thumb. His status is uncertain.
There were several impressive benchmarks from the 11-5 regular season. Offensively, the Packers scored the most points (461) in franchise history. The 6065 yards gained trailed only the 2004 (6357) and 1983 (6172) teams. Aaron Rodgers finished with a passer rating of 103.2, 4th best in the league and he joined Bart Starr as the only Packers quarterback to end a year above 100. Starr did it twice. Rodgers was far and away the best third down quarterback in the league with a rating of 133.5, almost 21 points higher than second place Eli Manning. 14 of his 30 touchdown passes came on third down, without a single interception. The defense wound up number in rushing yards allowed per game and 83.3, the best mark in team history. 30 interceptions led the league as did the team's plus 24 total on the turnover table. Some other individual statistical notes: Ryan Grant was 7th in the NFL in rushing with 1253 yards, earning a 1.5 million dollar performance bonus by three yards. He was 9th in total yards from scrimmage (1450) and 8th in first downs acquired with 70. Donald Driver was 27th in receptions with 70, Greg Jennings was tied for 30 with 68. Both cracked the top 20 in receiving yards, Driver 1061 good for 19th, Jennings was 15th with 1113 and Jennings came in tied for 6th with 26 third down catches. Mason Crosby finished 4th in kick scoring at 129 points. Jeremy Kapinos wound up 16th in gross punting average at 43.8 but an alarming 32nd in net average at 34.1. On defense, Charles Woodson shared the league lead with 9 interceptions, three returned for touchdowns. Clay Matthews finished tied for 11th with 10 sacks and finally, Jordy Nelson wound up 11th in kickoff returns with an average of 25.4 yards per runback.