According to one player, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy seems inclined to play "meaningless" regular-season games to win.
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Two years ago the Indianapolis Colts had a chance to become the first 19-0 team in NFL history, but they pulled several key starters, including quarterback Peyton Manning, during the second-to-last game of the regular season.
The Colts lost the game, finished 14-2 and bowed to the New Orleans Saints in the Super Bowl, leaving a sour taste that still lingers.
Colts President Bill Polian and coach Jim Caldwell fell back on the excuse that they wanted to rest their starters for the playoffs and guard against unnecessary injuries, but the decision to throw in the towel seemed all wrong. ...