As Green Bay Packers fans, we live and die with each pass. We wear our emotions on our sleeves and we believe that if any team can come back from such a decimated state, our beloved Packers can.
Yet as we approach this Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, I am numb. The hopes and dreams I had of watching my team roll into the playoffs have crumbled around me. All that is left is the hope that Aaron Rodgers will soon return and lead us out of this downward spiral, but that is just a wish. The issues facing this team are greater than the injury to a single man.
Sadly, the season is on the line this Sunday. A loss, in my opinion, eliminates any chances of making it to the postseason. A victory gives us a sliver of hope that things could be salvaged, but does not guarantee anything.
Donald Driver, in a recent interview, categorized this season as a “rebuilding season.” Granted, that was not the design going into it but I would agree that we are rebuilding due to injury. Will it provide more depth and elevate the level of play? Sure, for next year, but this is now and in the NFL it is all about what are you doing now, not next season.
I, like other fans will find the offseason to be longer and more miserable if the season continues on this path. Will we get a better draft pick? Yes, but I would rather have a winning season than a higher draft pick compared to drafts of the past. I don’t want to hinge my dreams and hopes for next season while this one is still in full swing.
It has been a long time since Packers fans have been faced with the dilemma of not going to the playoffs, but we are looking it squarely in the eyes now and it is a frightening realization as to what awaits.
So this Sunday as the Packers and Vikings face off, I believe that this is our last chance to save this season. Maybe it is too late already, but I would rather have hope to build upon, than dreams shattered.
GO PACK GO.