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Green Bay Packers news: Taking the bitter with the sweet



Much like the entire 2013 season, this past week in Green Bay Packers Nation has been that proverbial roller coaster  ride with which we’ve all become accustomed.

As much of us enjoyed our Christmas holiday and look forward to this coming week’s new year, we also kept an ear to the rail of Packers news, knowing that there would be the announcement about whether Aaron Rodgers would be available to play when the Packers travel to Chicago to take on the Bears in a winner-takes-all Week 17 game.

We had to wait until Thursday for the positive news about Rodgers – and with it, we also heard that wide receiver Randall Cobb was showing vast improvement and may also be available for Sunday’s game. That was a double-dose of good news.

Everyone was giddy.

Clay Matthews will be missed. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Clay Matthews will be missed.
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

That was until it was balanced with the news that OLB Clay Matthews was ruled out and had more surgery on his broken thumb. For the second time in two months Matthews injured the thumb. It came on a sack against the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday.

On top of that, yesterday’s news that the Packers had been shut out of the Pro Bowl for the first time since 2005 also placed a damper on Packers followers.

While not having Matthews in the lineup is going to affect the Packers defense, we have to remember that the team went 3-1 when he was out earlier this season, so it’s something the team can certainly work around.

And in my honest opinion, I really don’t care that there were no Packers selected to the Pro Bowl – that glorified backyard flag football game that is an insult to the fans. It just gives me another reason not to watch it.

The most important thing to do at this point is to focus on the here and now. There’s a pretty important game tomorrow in Chicago … one that must be won to advance to the playoffs. Win and they’re in; lose and it’s time to start thinking about the NFL Draft.

Let’s hope the sweet feelings of this past week overpower the bitter and we can all go to work on Monday and flash a smile at those Bears fans who have seemed a bit smug over the past few weeks.

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  • Taryn Miller

    The effect brought about whether the Packers win or lose will be absorbed differently by each fan.I would be thrilled with a victory but a loss would not consume me with agony…unless those players who have been awarded sanctuary via excuses(boo-boos not limited to owiees) for their play,do not step up and at least offer a true sense of what the future aspires for us other than a whole off seasons worth of what ‘ifs’ to blend easily into the training camp ‘hamstring’ hamstrung parade.

    If the players being referenced without being named are a question,than I suggest watching the game replays however you may be able and leave the stat sheets alone for they harbor more fiction than an Edgar Rice Burroughs novel.

    GO PACK GO !!!

  • George

    I hope the Offensive Line of the Packers realizes that they will have to play a lot better than they have been playing. Rocket science states that if you protect Rogers, you will win but if you are as porous as you usually are, you will lose. Get with the program and start playing football. Not worried about Clay Matthews, he has had a limited effect on the pass rush. He gets blocked a lot by guys who weigh 50 lbs. or more than him. Gets thrown around a lot and is hurt a lot. Having someone healthy at that position will help.

    • Iconoclast17

      Not worried about the offense so much. The defense is another matter altogether. Cutler is one of the few QB’s Capers has had some success against so Trestman foolishly playing him is a break for GB. Both D’s are bad, AR > Cutler should be the difference.

  • George

    One more piece of advice, do not play the Bears like you played the Lions last game. That was one of the worst performances I have ever seen by a football Team. The Saskatchewan Roughriders would have trounced you.