No, not with another flare up of the flu. This could be the game that Rogers plays to his own very high expectations.
Shaun recently indicated to the media that he was disappointed with his own play thus far this season. For anyone else on the defensive front, blocking kicks and getting to or near the opposing QB while double teamed on nearly every down would be more than satisfactory, but Rogers wants more.
This could be the week, if Shaun’s flu symptoms have subsided (he participated in the Team’s practice yesterday). Why? Because the Packers are very vulnerable up front. They will likely start T.J. Lang at left tackle. Lang is a rookie fourth-round draft pick who has seen very limited play in last week’s game against the Lions. Further, Green Bay’s starting center, Jason Spitz, did not practice this week because of a lingering back injury, and the Packers’ back-up center also has an injury to his hamstring. All of this could mean that Big Baby has a distinct advantage at the line in terms of size, strength and experience.
Green Bay is coming off a big blow-out of the Lions last week. The Packers are treating this game as a given victory in terms of their fight in a very competitive NFC North with the perfect Vikings and a good Bears team (I wonder if Peter King is still happy with his prediction for Chicago to go to the Super Bowl?) The Browns can play spoiler.
DEREK: we can win this game at home if you play even decent. I can’t blame you for every drop, but take a little heat off the football when you can; complete 50% of your passes; and don’t turn the football over. Deal? I’ll buy you a razor if you win.