As fans of the Green Bay Packers, we won’t be greedy … we just want a championship. Like every other season when anything short of a division title, playoff spot and Super Bowl championship is a disappointment, this year’s biggest disappointment would be losing twice to the Chicago Bears and losing the opportunity for a third straight NFC North Division title in the mix.
So, we’ll ask for just one thing this week – well, make it two – first we want to beat the Bears and with that comes the second item, a division title and a trip to the playoffs, where we know anything can happen.
That’s all, Santa. That’s not asking too much, is it?
After all, with all that this team has been through this season, don’t you think we deserve it? The Packers were once again bitten by that nasty injury bug, losing top player after top player. In all, I believe there are 15 on injured reserve and Randall Cobb is on injured reserve/return, but whether he actually makes it back onto the field is up for debate.
We lost Clay Matthews for a month and then lost him probably for the season this past weekend. We’ve lost quarterback Aaron Rodgers for more than a month and a half, going through backup QBs almost as fast as a hungry dog coming off a diet. Consider for a moment the other 15 players who are not on the field for the Packers – there are names like Jermichael Finley, Casey Hayward, Johnny Jolly, DuJuan Harris, Bryan Bulaga, and Robert Francois – and that’s just half of them.
Now consider that the Packers have played more than half of their season without Matthews and Rodgers … Cripes, that’s tens of millions of dollars between the two of them sitting on the bench.
That’s not how this season was supposed to play out.
Now consider all of those players who have not been playing and one has got to be at least a bit amazed that the Packers are still playing for the NFC North Division title against the Chicago Bears this coming weekend.
How can that possibly be?
Most teams that lose that many players, in addition to their two franchise faces, would be sitting at home wondering how they will be spending the off season. At least the Packers have a shot at some playoff action.
For all the heat Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson have been taking lately, one can certainly point to those two individuals as the reason this team is still in a position to win a division title. They are still in position to enjoy some playoff action.
So, digging down and asking for a Christmas miracle isn’t out of bounds. After all, we’ve had a couple of miracles already this month and nearly had another last week. The Packers are due once again to find a way to win a game – with or without Aaron Rodgers.
It’s been an intriguing, frustrating and rather entertaining season. Let’s not end it yet. Let’s hope we get that Christmas wish fulfilled. That’s all we can ask.
Merry Christmas, Packers fans.