That means Green Bay should be thrilled New Orleans beat Carolina in Week 13.
The Packers are set to play the 8-4 Panthers in Week 15, making it a critical time for Rodgers’ return. The Packers already lost to the Falcons in Week 2 with Rodgers.
“At no point in time in my coaching career [has] there anything more important to me than the safety of our players,” O’Brien said. “I love our players, and I care about them. And I cannot stand when players get injured.
“Anybody that’s been on the sideline of a football game knows that from a coaching standpoint, you really can’t see things like that, especially when the ball is in certain areas of the field.”
Savage is still in the concussion protocol, and O’Brien said he expects T.J. Yates to start at quarterback on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Yates was 14-of-26 for 175 yards and two touchdowns in relief of Savage on Sunday.
Lack of a run game will cost the Lions a playoff berth — Detroit’s rushing woes are now four years old. The Lions have not have a 100-yard rusher since Reggie Bush went over the century mark on Nov. 28, 2013. While the Lions have a favorable schedule, they lost to the Panthers and Falcons earlier this season and those two teams currently hold the wild-card spots.
No one knows for certain how much is wagered on sports each year in the U.S., from Vegas books to corner bar parlay card players to offshore sites, but consider this: In 2015, the American Gaming Association estimated that Americans would bet $93 billion that season just on NFL and college football games. Other estimates say U.S. bettors illegally wager up to $380 billion a year.