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.
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.