We would not be in this place last year. Without the masterful quarterbacking of Aaron Rodgers, the 11-5 team of last year probably switches those numbers. This year is different, however.
Thanks to a renewed commitment to the run game, a switch-up on the offensive line, and the emergence of Eddie Lacy and James Starks, the Packers actually can sit on the edge of the precipice of a game without Rodgers. Last night, Lacy still churned out 150 yards even with Rodgers out for most of the game. Starks looks just like he did during the 2010 Super Bowl run.
The games will not be easy. Seneca Wallace did not show much versus Chicago, and it is worth noting he has not shown much during his career, which he has mostly spent as a backup. But at least now the Packers can grind them out rather than having to put the ball in the air. Wallace will also get a chance in practice in the coming weeks to play to a game plan more tailored to his strengths.
The schedule to be played over the supposed “three weeks” Rodgers should be out will also be helpful. The Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, and Minnesota Vikings are all on the schedule. However, 2-1 is not an unbelievable outcome, with a win versus Minnesota, and then one versus one of the two other teams (not sure which, just guessing).
This injury definitely puts the Packers in a tough spot. No team in the league would want to deal with an injury to their top quarterback. But with some adjustments, maybe reinforcements (Matt Flynn anyone? Thought the Packers are reported to have elevated Scott Tolzein to the active roster), the Packer have a chance at not being out of the division race.
Remember the last time Aaron Rodgers was out because of injury? You should …