Nov 4, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) is tackled by Chicago Bears safety Major Wright (21) during the third quarter at Lambeau Field. Chicago won 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Defense, run game could suddenly define Packers season


Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy breaks a tackle by Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte (47) for a 57-yard run in the third quarter at Lambeau Field. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Alright, now that we’ve had all day to digest just what exactly happened last night, let’s finally begin to analyze where the team goes now.

Best case for starters is Rodgers is gone for three weeks. Worst case? Pretty much anything more than that. Seneca Wallace obviously isn’t a long-term consideration for keeping this team in the playoff hunt, but more reps during the week couldn’t hurt either. So this leaves the obvious question, can this team stay afloat without Rodgers?

What bothered me more than injuries last night was the overall defensive effort. Josh McCown looked like he actually knew what he was doing against a defense that had many fans starting to believe it was heading in the right direction once again. It sounds cliche and we’ve all heard it before but when this defense isn’t getting turnovers, losses like last night will continue to happen.

Secondary play was quite soft, in my opinion, with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery being wide open more often than not. It does make you at least wonder if Jay Cutler had played, would it have been the same outcome? Anyway, one sack, a couple hurries and no takeaways made for quite a pedestrian defensive effort last night.

If there was one positive to take away from last night – how about the run game?!? Eddie Lacy is most impressive as he now leads all rookies in rushing so far this season. To be able to watch someone his size move the way he does is truly special. With Rodgers out, I wonder if he’ll really see fewer carries as the team will undoubtedly lean on him more now than before. James Starks seemed to be running downhill more so last night than before hitting the hole with authority.

The one lingering thought from last night I have at least is why the Andrew Quarless catch wasn’t challenged? Reporters were far more worried about asking Mike McCarthy about Rodgers after the game than his decision not to challenge.

All in all, last night wasn’t a complete loss as the running game proved it could at least keep the team in games. Last night’s defensive effort, however, proved it just might not be as good as we had all hoped.

UPDATE: Rodgers has confirmed a fractured collarbone with no timetable for a return. Good or bad, your move Ted Thompson.

Tags: Aaron Rodgers Eddie Lacy Josh McCown Seneca Wallace