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, Bryan Bulaga, Kevin King The word out of Green Bay this week was that Aaron Rodgers was going to play for the Green Bay Packers in their second preseason game and their final exhibition contest at Lambeau Field. That indeed appears to be the case, as Rodgers — and almost the entire Packers starting lineup — is in uniform for tonight’s contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers.Both of the Packers’ injured offensive tackles, David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga, were both in pads during warmups. However, Bulaga ended up being a scratch for the game, along with another starting lineman, left guard Lane Taylor. However, we will get to see the Packers’ biggest free agent acquisition, tight end Jimmy Graham, as he is in uniform tonight as well. How long will the starters play? Head coach Mike McCarthy said he hopes to get Aaron Rodgers about ten snaps or so tonight Youth Kenny Clark Jersey
, meaning most likely one or two series for him and the starters.The Packers defense also gets closer to full health tonight. Clay Matthews is playing, as is rookie cornerback Jaire Alexander. Unfortunately, we’ll need to wait at least another week to see cornerback Kevin King or defensive lineman Mike Daniels.For the Steelers, several key players are out, both with injuries and as healthy scratches. Their top two quarterbacks, Ben Roethlisberger and backup Landry Jones, are sitting, along with star wide receiver Antonio Brown and All-Pro defensive lineman Cam Heyward. Joining them on the shelf are former Wisconsin Badger T.J. Watt, who has a hamstring injury, and a handful of others.Here are the inactive players for both teams tonight.Packers InactivesOLB Nick Perry (PUP list, ankle)OT Bryan BulagaDT Mike DanielsWR Trevor DavisRB Aaron JonesCB Kevin KingRB Devante MaysLG Lane TaylorS Jermaine WhiteheadSteelers InactivesWR Eli Rogers (PUP list http://www.packersauthorizedsh…..sby-jersey
, knee)S Marcus Allen (??)S Sean Davis (groin)G Ramon Foster (knee)TE Xavier Grimble (thumb)TE Vance McDonald (foot)OLB T.J. Watt (hamstring)WR Antonio Brown (healthy)CB Joe Haden (healthy)DL Cameron Heyward (healthy)QB Ben Roethlisbertger (healthy) The Green Bay Packers are still alive. They’re on life support, to be sure, but there is still a feasible path for them to make a run at the postseason. However, much of the help that the team needs to pull for down the stretch will depend on the result of tonight’s game between the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks.Teams around the NFC will be watching that contest closely. Those two squads sit in the Wild Card spots right now and will stay there regardless of the result of tonight’s game, but the winner will get a massive leg up on a postseason berth. The loser? They’ll have Packers fans and supporters of several other teams around the NFC pulling for them to lose a few more games down the stretch.The Packers’ biggest ask now is to beat the Chicago Bears next week. Control what you can control, and let the chips fall how they may. It has worked for the Green and Gold in the past, so why not again in 2018?Here is where the situation lies in the NFC after 14 weeks (minus one game).Current Playoff Spots1. New Orleans Saints (11-2)2. Los Angeles Rams (11-2)3. Chicago Bears (9-4)4. Dallas Cowboys (8-5)5. Seattle Seahawks (7-5)6. Minnesota Vikings (6-5-1)The Bears’ win over the Rams dropped Los Angeles back into a tie with the Saints for the best record in the NFC, and New Orleans gets the top spot thanks to their head-to-head victory. The rest of these six spots shakes out in a very straightforward manner.There is one interesting note, however. The Seahawks host the Vikings on Monday Night Football this evening, but regardless of which team wins, those two will remain in the two Wild-Card spots. The winner will hold the 5th seed while the loser will sit in 6th place.In the hunt7. Carolina Panthers (6-7)8. Philadelphia Eagles (6-7)9. Washington (6-7)10. Green Bay Packers (5-7-1)11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-8)12. New York Giants (5-8)13. Detroit Lions (5-8)For the Packers Bryan Bulaga Jersey
, it’s pretty clear what they have to do to make the postseason. The Bears’ victory put the division out of reach, but winning out would put Green Bay at 8-7-1 and still with a chance to make it in as a Wild Card team.On Sunday, Carolina, Philadelphia, Washington, and Tampa Bay all lost, which gives the Packers a bunch of needed help. Now they need the following to find a way to get in:A: Packers must win outB: Panthers, Eagles, and Washington each lose at least one gameC: Either Seahawks or Vikings lose three more gamesThe three 6-7 teams listed in B all have plenty of tough contests remaining. Washington and Philly will play in week 17, effectively delivering one-third of the necessary losses before the game is even played. The Eagles also have tough games against the Rams and Texans in the next two weeks, while Washington plays at the Jaguars and Titans with a third or fourth-string quarterback. Finally Authentic Nick Perry Jersey
, Carolina faces the Saints twice in 14 days. Don’t worry about B — that part will almost certainly work out.With Seattle and Minnesota playing tonight, one of them will lose one of the necessary three games in C. Therefore, the Packers must cheer for whichever team loses that game to lose two of their final three contests as well. The schedules are favorable for both of those teams, however, as they have the following opponents remaining after tonight’s game:Seattle: at 49ers, vs. Chiefs, vs. CardinalsMinnesota: vs. Dolphins, at Lions, vs. BearsDivisional games can get crazy, so you never know, but each team should be favored in two of their final three Youth Davante Adams Jersey
, making that — and the Packers’ game in Chicago next week — the biggest barriers to Green Bay making a surprise playoff appearance.As for the 5-8 teams, there are still ways that each of those three could make it in as a Wild Card at 8-8. That would just involve the loser of Seattle-Minnesota losing out over their final three and getting help from all of the teams in between. However, it’s still mathematically possible for all three of those teams.Out of the chase14. Atlanta Falcons (4-9)15. Arizona Cardinals (3-10)16. San Francisco 49ers (3-10)The Packers did not officially end the Falcons’ playoff hopes on Sunday, but we’re including them here anyway. Mathematically there’s a possibility they could get to 7-9 and sneak ahead of the loser of SEA-MIN, but it’s the slimmest glimmer of hope for that to happen and all of the teams above to fall below or even with Atlanta. One wrong game the rest of the way and it’s toast. Meanwhile, Arizona and San Francisco are still even for the #1 pick with Oakland, thanks to wins by the two Bay Area teams on Sunday.