I did a poll back on Nov. 3 of this season, asking you all what everyone thought the Green Bay Packers’ record would be at the end of the regular season.
Nearly 500 of you participated and below were the results.
How will the Packers finish in the regular season this year?
12-4 (37%, 177 Votes)
13-3 (34%, 163 Votes)
14-2 (16%, 79 Votes)
11-5 (11%, 53 Votes)
Other (2%, 7 Votes)
Total Voters: 479
The above polled showed 87 percent of us believed we would finish no worse than 12-4.
My how the mighty have fallen!
Of course the poll was taken the day prior to Aaron Rodgers‘ clavicle injury. At that time, the Green Bay machine was flying under the radar, but was also humming.
The running game with Eddie Lacy was starting to gel nicely with the passing game, and Rodgers was checking in and out of runs at the line of scrimmage with precision.
Since that day of the poll, Green Bay has not won a game, now having lost four of five games, and tied a two win Minnesota Vikings team.
The run defense has been a shambles during this horrendous stretch. One can only draw one conclusion. Aaron Rodgers is the NFL MVP by the truest meaning of the award.
With him we were talking Super Bowl up to the day of his injury, now it’s the toilet bowl without him. A good solid team with him, a confused soft team without him.
It is truly shocking as I had thought we had more talent than apparently we do as a team. The Packers are playing reminiscent of (dare I say) the Lindy Infante kiddie corps who defensively stumbled and bumbled their to mediocrity.
Statistics of other players be damned, Rodgers means more to his team (and coach) more so than any other player in the league. If the award was given to the real meaning of the LETTER’s on the award (MVP), Rodgers would win it running away.