Peter King is a Senior Writer for Sports Illustrated and a reporter for Football Night in America on NBC Sports. On Sunday night on NBC, the Green Bay Packers will play the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta and this year, Green Bay is much stronger with their tight end position than they were in their Super Bowl-winning year of 2010. It is very crucial that a successful team like Green Bay be able to control and limit the number of injuries on their team. He feels that Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers were never that close when both were on the Packers and although Favre probably does not blame Rodgers for his being cut from Green Bay, he still may feel resentment about it and the competitive juices that exist in athletes may have driven the comments that Favre made about being surprised it took so long for Rodgers to win a Super Bowl. Over Rodgers’ first 3 ¼ seasons, although he does not blow Favre’s first 3 ¼ seasons away, he is right there with Favre and barring injury, he has the chance to be every bit as good as Favre was. The New York Jets are playing the New England Patriots on Sunday and since the Jets do not have a good ground game, they will have to focus on defense and they will likely go after Brady’s favorite receiver Wes Welker. In week 5, King feels that the Philadelphia Eagles are in a must-win position because if they fall to 1-4, it is unlikely that they will make the playoffs. In terms of individuals, Donovan McNabb must play well this week in order to keep his job as quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. The Detroit Lions have been revitalized over the past couple of years and the team was desperate for changes to be made. Although they have gotten off to a 4-0 start, it is still a tenuous situation as two of those wins came as a result of amazing comebacks and the health of their starters is crucial to whether or not the Lions will continue to be successful in the regular season and possibly the playoffs.
Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.
Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.
Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.
The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.