Green bay, Wi (WSAU) The Green Bay Packers would secure a first-round bye in the playoffs with a victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday at Lambeau Field. That means the Packers would have Wild Card Weekend off, and would play at home in Round-Two. Green Bay cannot secure the N-F-C’s best record this weekend, which would give them home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. San Francisco is two games behind the 12-and-0 Packers with four to play.
Green Bay could still lose to the Raiders on Sunday and get a first-round playoff bye. But New Orleans would have to lose at Tennessee. If the Packers tie the Raiders, New Orleans would have to tie or lose to the Titans.
Meanwhile, Green Bay is running the ball just 35-percent of the time. And with three cold-weather home games in the next four weeks, it will be interesting to see if the Pack’s high-powered passing offense drops off a little. A year ago, Green Bay slowly ramped up its running game. Rushers carried the ball 37-percent of the time through late November – but by the N-F-C Championship Game in January, that figure had risen to 43-percent. There’s a report that Packers’ quarterback coach Tom Clements has applied for the head coaching job at Penn State. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review said Clements delivered his credentials to a six-member panel that’s finding Joe Paterno’s replacement. Clements is a member of Mike McCarthy’s original staff, and has been the Packers’ quarterback coach since 2006. He ran the offense in Buffalo for two years before that, and has been a quarterback coach with Pittsburgh, Kansas City, and New Orleans. Meanwhile, media reports say the Penn State search committee has not contacted Packers’ safety coach Darren Perry about the Nittany Lions’ job. Perry was an All-American safety at Penn State – and his agent recently said Perry would be interested if the school had contacted him.