The broken collarbone that Aaron Rodgers suffered on Monday Night Football will keep him sidelined for at least a month. Unfortunately for the Packers, they already had their bye earlier in the season, back in week 4. Rodgers was leading the pack in the NFC North and the injuries seem to mount every year, especially for Green Bay over the past few seasons. The team has the front office to credit for the depth on the roster, however losing the franchise quarterback will damper the locker room and playoff hopes. It is what it is, Rodgers was headed for another Pro Bowl, a bid for Offensive Player of the Year, with sights on the postseason.
The sack by Bears defensive lineman Shea McClellin is the play you’ve probably seen a hundred times already, being so early in the first quarter that was the only sack they got on Rodgers. Looking forward, backup signal caller Seneca Wallace was corralled four times in the backfield. The good news is, in the backup quarterback bowl on prime time, Chicago went into the game preparing with Josh McCown. Green Bay saw the face of the franchise go down to a freak accident, freak because you don’t see guys across the league breaking their collarbones but blowing out a knee is sadly common. Hey, who knows, sometimes a player seizes the opportunity. Guys that might be doing so quietly this year are Browns QB Jason Campbell and Steelers WR Jerricho Cotchery. Some outside options like Tim Tebow, probably not going to happen, but options that used to be in-house are available like Vince Young and Matt Flynn.
The good news for the Packers is that they don’t face the toughest competition over the next month. Aside from a matchup with the rival Lions in a couple weeks, they will clash with the Eagles, Giants, and Vikings. Philadelphia can put up points and New York might be coming on a little bit, but the focus here is what the Packers offense can do against those defenses that have given up a lot of yards and points. Little is it known though, that the G-Men rank 9th against the run. Eddie Lacy and James Starks will have to keep their legs churning, so hopefully that O-line can stay somewhat healthy and if Wallace is at the helm, that gives them another threat to move the chains on the ground. With that said, opponents should be stacking the box and daring them to throw.
After facing a couple teams from the NFC East a date with their own division is on the schedule. They get to face another struggling defense with Minnesota, in that game the defense is going to have to do their part and sell out by taking Adrian Peterson out of the game. That forces the carousel at QB that they have to pass more, and Green Bay’s secondary has developed a ball-hawk reputation.
Then they get the Lions and if Green Bay can keep pace up to this point, this Thanksgiving-day game could be for the division lead. Detroit has a physical defensive line but they haven’t shown consistency, which has exposed the rest of their hapless defense. After this game the word will be spreading on when the head cheese-head will return to the field. The December slate of games features more struggling defenses, Atlanta, Dallas, and Pittsburgh. The 6-week mark would mean Rodgers is thought to suit up against Pittsburgh in front of his fans at Lambeau Field. All this before a possible division-deciding collision at Soldier Field to face the team they will never like, and the reason for this mess, “daaa Bears.” (In the gecko voice, you’re welcome for the free plug Geico)
And to further lighten up the mood.