While Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and quarterback Aaron Rodgers prefer not to talk about the possibility of going 16-0, defensive back Charles Woodson is not shying away from the subject.
"We can talk about it,” Woodson said when a reporter from Yahoo! Sports broached the subject. “I don’t care. We’re 8-0. We’d love to be 16-0 – love to. It’s a realistic conversation now. We’re halfway there. So yeah, let’s talk about it.”
Woodson said he'd much rather follow the lead of the 1972 Dolphins who followed their perfect season with a Super Bowl win than the 2007 Patriots who lost the big game.
“I’d love to go undefeated,” an animated Woodson repeated. “I’d absolutely love to. Not just the regular season – the whole thing.”
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Woodson said if the Packers clinch their division early, they will not do what the Colts did when they were 14-0 in 2009 -- they rested their starters over the final two games and went on to lose in the playoffs anyway.
“Oh, we’re going to (play the starters),” Woodson said. “No question about it.”
Rodgers won't talk about it with the media, but Woodson said he has raised the issue with him.
“Yeah, at times,” Woodson said. “We know what we want.”
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Next up for the Packers are the Vikings, Monday night at Lambeau. The Vikings are just 2-6 and are in last place in the NFC North. The Packers beat them two weeks ago 33-27, so on paper this should be an easy win for Green Bay, But games against division rivals are always tough regardless of record, so the Packers could have their hands full.