The Green Bay Packers are now in position to clinch the second seed in the NFC this weekend with a win over the Minnesota Vikings and get the elusive first-round bye in the playoffs. Even better news for the Packers is that they may finally get the return of their most valuable players who have been injured.
For most of the season the Packers have had to depend on their depth and mix players around in the starting lineup due to all of the injuries that the team had. Somehow Green Bay has managed to survive all of their injuries and have a record of 11-4 even after starting the season with a record of 2-3. Now this weekend it looks like Charles Woodson, Jordy Nelson, Jerel Worthy and Alex Green all might be returning to action.
“I’m hopeful a lot of those guys can get back. But we’ll see,” said coach Mike McCarthy. “I know Jordy, talking with him, he feels like he’s very close. Charles, he’s waiting on information from the medical staff. He’s very close. Alex Green, I was surprised that he wasn’t available for (last week’s game) just based on the way that process, the result of the process, so he’ll definitely be available.”
This 2012 Green Bay team seems very familiar to the Packers team that won the Super Bowl just two years ago. That 2010 team was riddled with injuries for the entire year with multiple key players on injured reserve. However, the Packers were able to get hot late and make the playoffs as the sixth seed and make their way to the Super Bowl where they won.
This team has a similar look with only one key difference. This time the Packers are getting the players back from injury which will make them even more dangerous come playoff time.
The Packers have shown plenty of improvement on their defense which was their downfall last season, and while they still have their struggles this year they have been doing a great job as of late. With Woodson being out for over two months and the defense still improving is a great sign. Now with Woodson being able to fit back into the defense a week before the playoffs will be huge as the defense can adjust their schemes and personnel around Woodson.
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