If you’re stressing out more over the week 17 matchup against the Chicago Bears than the holiday season itself, well, this post is for you.
To lighten the situation a bit, I think it would be fun to ponder where the Green Bay Packers would be if Aaron Rodgers had not suffered a broken collarbone.
Starting with the Bears, if Rodgers had not been hurt they would have finished off at least a couple of more drives with touchdowns and would have never looked back. In a game where Seneca Wallace nearly beat the Bears with a very small playbook, Rodgers would have run the Bears right out of Lambeau.
Against the Eagles, the Packers suffered what would be the next in line of games they should have won. At the time, the Eagles had one of the worst pass and run defenses in the league. Rodgers would have surgically picked apart the Philadelphia secondary, sending them to a promising 7-2. Against The New York Giants, Scott Tolzien threw for 339 yards but also threw 3 interceptions. Just imagine what the outcome would have been Rodgers under center. The game against the Minnesota Vikings doesn’t even need explaining. Just see week 8 for reference.
Then came the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day where the Packers got rolled. Honestly, after the injuries the Bears and the Packers suffered, the Lions should have taken the NFC North. That game would have been tough sledding regardless. Finally, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Aaron Rodgers has a very sharp edge to him. He tends to keep the officiating in order and can be a very persuasive player. The officiating blunder at the end would not have happened on his watch. Although it would have been close, I think Rodgers would have led Green Bay to a win last Sunday.
Rodgers tends not to make the mistakes that Wallace, Tolzien, and Flynn often make. He keeps his head in the game and focuses on the overall goal of winning. If he would not have gotten hurt I say the Packers would be at a comfortable 12-3 ready to take the second seed and the first round bye in the playoffs.
Unfortunately, it hasn’t happened that way. However, to ease the mind a bit, it’ nice to think about what we will be getting back when Aaron Rodgers finally returns.
Fingers crossed it is soon. Like this week ‘soon’.