This time last week, Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers was preparing to play the Minnesota Vikings, fresh from engineering a 4th quarter game winning drive against the Dallas Cowboys with only 1:13 left on the clock.
But last week, Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone which could end his season before the end of October. Given the NFL is a short season, September – February, he may well find that he is done for this year and start rehabbing ready for another Superbowl tilt in 2018.
The sight of Rodgers on the turf last week wasn’t easy for Packers fans and coupled with the loss to divisional rivals the Vikings, they lost top spot in the NFC North and have an inconsistent Detroit Lions just one game back.
After last week’s epic comeback to win in Dallas, the Packers would have expected to push on and take control of the division, but now find themselves behind the Vikings who hold the divisional game over them despite a 4-2 record which holds up well across the NFL.
Rodgers may well return before the end of the season, depending on where the bone has broken and how much healing time it will take, we’ve seen it before with Tony Romo in Dallas, but rushing back too quickly may cause a longer period out of the game and won’t necessarily ensure the Packers make the post season, pass rushers and line backers will target Rodgers even more knowing one good tackle could out him out of the game again.
Brett Hundley is the back-up QB, charged with taking the Packers forward, and this Sunday they host the New Orleans Saints, inconsistent at best but with a winning 3-2 record followed up with the bye week, it gives the Packers front office time to evaluate Rodgers and the remainder of the season over the next two weeks, before hosting the Detroit Lions on MNF in a divisional battle which could go a long way to determine the Packers season.
I’ll tip the Packers to shoot down the Saints and head into the bye week at 5-2, and then look forward to a cracking game of MNF.