5. Charles Woodson, Sam Shields and Nick Perry could be out for the year: We all know how good cornerback Casey Hayward and safety Jaron McMillian will be; their upsides are huge – if they can stay healthy and continue to grow within Dom Capers’ defensive system. But consider what would happen if Charles Woodson, Sam Shields and Nick Perry weren’t able to come back from their injuries on the timetable everyone is projecting. The replacement players will serve as good fill-ins during this stretch of the season, but to think that they might need to be relied on throughout the rest of the season … well, that’s pretty scary … especially when it comes time for the stretch of games in December when the Packers play the remainder of their division games.
4. Jordy Nelson’s injury could be worse than anyone thought: We all saw how disrupted and out of sync the offense seemed last week without the Packers two top go-to receivers – Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson. Nelson’s midweek tweak to his hamstring kept him sidelined last week. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers seemed a bit lost at times without his two top guys on the field. While the Packers offense muddled through the game and helped the team to a win, thinking how the team would function if Nelson goes down for any length of time … well, that’s kinda scary.
3. Cedric Benson decides to head back to Cincy: This is written with tongue firmly implanted in cheek, but given the length of time that the Packers starting running back will be out, the condition of the running game at this point and the fact that the Packers don’t seem destined to bring in another running back, Benson might just forget to find his way back to Green Bay. Our hope is that Benson is on course to make it back to the team sometime late November or early December in time for the push toward the playoffs. In addition, we hope the Packers in the meantime find a way to jumpstart their sluggish run game and keep it alive until Benson gets back into playing mode. The thought that he wouldn’t come back … yeah, that’s kinda scary.
2. The Bears win out: Ok, so we keep waiting for the real Bears to show up … you know the team I’m talking about – the one that seems to implode during the second half of each season. They are who we thought they were … that’s the team I’m waiting for. What would be really scary is if this team wins out, takes the division title and gets on a roll heading into the playoffs. With that defense, anything could happen. Yes, that would be scary. But we all know what will happen – Cutler will probably break his pinky, stub his toe and get sidelined with a hangnail, the bears will lose five straight and limp back to Chicago with their tails between their legs. But if they don’t? Yeah, that’s pretty scary.
1. Aaron Rodgers goes down to an injury: If you believe in jinxes, you are probably wondering why I am bringing this up. Well, I don’t believe in superstition. I believe things happen for a reason. If Aaron Rodgers were to go down with an
injury (God forbid) we will be clamoring for good things to say about Graham Harrell, but will cringe every time he goes to hand off. Forget the whole passing thing, we saw what he did against the New Orleans Saints when Rodgers was poked in the eye and Harrell came in for one play with the team facing a first down and goal from the four yard line … no doubt, if Rodgers goes down, the Graham Harrell experiment would truly be something beyond scary.
Thank God none of this will happen. It’s just Halloween … the day of the Dead.
And we all know the Packers are far from dead.