The Packers missed out on a first-round bye this postseason, but even without a week off they are getting healthy at the right time. However, getting hot at the right time is a different story as the Packers will enter the postseason on a losing note after falling to the rival Vikings in Week 17. After letting the Vikings and MVP candidate Adrian Peterson clinch a playoff berth in the regular season finale, the NFC North rivals will meet again this Saturday in the first round.
Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews joined Jim Rome on Wednesday to talk about the Packers’ rematch with the Vikings in wild-card weekend. And with the football world debating who will win MVP, Rome asked Matthews if his vote would go to Peterson, who he will see again this weekend.
“There’s no doubt it would go to him (Adrian Peterson). Obviously we didn’t face Peyton Manning this year and I think those two are in the running, but he’s on another level,” Matthews said. “Obviously we have to play him, so I’m trying to not give him too much credit here, especially what he’s comes back from. It’s pretty remarkable.”
Even though Matthews was willing to give Peterson his MVP vote, he was hesitant to continue praising the man who will be trying to end the Packers’ season.
“I think we’ve all been enough of fans of his in talking about his record and talking about him coming back that I think now it’s time to take care of business,” Matthews said. “Especially how competitive we are on this defensive side, stopping a big playmaker like him is going to be crucial. I think we’re going to come out here and try to accomplish that. We need to.”