Pregame warmup: JC Tretter to make first start at LT since college

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 10, 2016 – 2:49 pm

LANDOVER, Md. — JC Tretter has become known as Mr. Versatile on the Packers’ offensive line, and that versatility will be put to its biggest test today in the NFC wild-card playoff game at Washington.

Tretter will be making his first pro start at left tackle, in place of the injured David Bakhtiari, who will miss his third straight game. Tretter is the third different replacement for Bakhtiari in the starting lineup, following Don Barclay in Week 16 and left guard Josh Sitton in Week 17.

Head Coach Mike McCarthy said earlier this week that Sitton would be staying at left guard, which made Tretter the next man up. Tretter hasn’t started a game at left tackle since college at Cornell, where he started his final two seasons at the spot before becoming a fourth-round draft choice of the Packers in 2013.

Tretter played some left tackle in spot duty last season, as well as some right tackle. His starts in the NFL have all come at center, until today.

This will mark the seventh straight game the Packers will not have their preferred starting five on the offensive line. The last time that group lined up together was back on Nov. 22 at Minnesota. Today will be the fifth different starting lineup for the offensive line in the last seven games.

Destination still uncertain: At the time of this posting, Seattle was leading Minnesota by a score of 10-9 in the fourth quarter of the other NFC wild-card game. The result of that game will determine where the Green Bay-Washington winner will be going next week.

If the Vikings win, they will travel to Arizona, with the Packers-Redskins winner heading to Carolina. If the Seahawks win, they’ll go to Carolina and the Packers-Redskins winner will go to Arizona.

Update: The Seahawks beat the Vikings, so the Packers-Redskins winner will go to Arizona.

Weather update: At kickoff, temperatures are expected to be in the high 50s, with winds around 18 mph. As the game wears on, the winds will remain steady but the temperature will be dropping. It could be all the way down into the low 40s by game’s end.

Playoff history: This is Washington’s first playoff appearance since 2012, when the Redskins lost to the Seahawks in the wild-card round. For the Packers, it’s their seventh straight playoff appearance and fifth wild-card game in that time. Under McCarthy, the Packers are 2-2 in wild-card games, with wins over Philadelphia in 2010 and Minnesota in 2012 and losses to Arizona in 2009 and San Francisco in 2013.

The Packers and Redskins have met twice previously in the postseason, with the Packers winning the 1936 NFL title game, and the Redskins winning the 1972 NFC divisional playoff.

 


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