Woodson: Pack should shut Rodgers down Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said the team has not discussed shutting down Aaron Rodgers for the season because of his broken collarbone. Former Packers defensive back Charles Woodson thinks they should.
Monday Night Football debuts in rare form. After kicking things off Thursday night the Patriots and Colts in a rematch of the AFC championship game, Al Michaels, John Madden and the gang cap Week 1 with the best matchup the NFC has to offer.
QB Jake Delhomme, RB Stephen Davis and the Panthers' offense picked up in the preseason where they left off at the end of last season, but don't expect such an easy go of it once teams start to play for real. Losing four offensive linemen from last year's group will be costly.
The Packers return all 11 starters from an offense that finished fourth in the NFL, but can the defense rebound from a demoralizing finish to the 2004 season? QB Brett Favre's window of opportunity to return to the Super Bowl is closing quickly, and this year's road-opener should provide a good test as to whether or not the Packers have what it takes to make that next step.