Pregame warmup: Packers will face Vikings or Redskins next week

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 3, 2016 – 6:26 pm

GREEN BAY — The possibilities for next weekend’s opponent are down to two.

By virtue of Seattle’s win in Arizona on Sunday afternoon, the Packers will not play the Seahawks in the wild-card round.

If the Packers win tonight, they will host the Vikings again at Lambeau Field. If Green Bay loses, the Packers travel to Washington to face the Redskins. Game dates and times for next weekend had not been announced by the NFL at the time of this posting. The Packers’ first playoff game could be Saturday or Sunday.

The top of the NFC field also sorted itself out, as Carolina earned the No. 1 seed with a win over the Buccaneers. Arizona is the No. 2. Those teams will receive first-round byes and await their next opponent.

Injury update: Packers starting LT David Bakhtiari (ankle) will miss his second straight start tonight, but the Packers have not announced who will be starting in his place.

The candidates are Don Barclay or JC Tretter. Barclay made his first career start at left tackle last week, after roughly two dozen starts at right tackle in his career, but did not fare well. Tretter, who has played mostly center as a backup to Corey Linsley this season, has never started an NFL game at tackle.

Update: In a surprise pre-game announcement, Josh Sitton was introduced as the starting LT, his first career start there. Lane Taylor starts at LG in Sitton’s usual spot.

Weather update: Temperatures in Green Bay tonight are in the mid to low 20s, with a slight chance of snow flurries. Winds are expected between 8-11 mph.



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