Heading into this past week, the Packers had many key players injured that wouldn’t have played if they had a game.
The list of players was endless. Offensively, starting rookie running back Eddie Lacy was injured in Week 2 against the Washington Redskins and was diagnosed with a concussion. The following week against the Cincinnati Bengals, backup running back James Starks had a knee injury that kept him out the entire second half.
On top of the injury to Starks, the Packers also lost starting tight end Jermichael Finley on the first offensive possession, also with a concussion.
The defense for the Packers is banged up as well. Starting linebacker Clay Matthews was injured in Week 3 and missed the second half with a hamstring injury. Along with Matthews, the Packers have been without two of the their best defensive backs all season long. Both Morgan Burnett and Casey Hayward have been out since preseason.
Burnett and Hayward have been nursing nagging hamstring injuries that have been serious enough to keep them from seeing any action.
The good news for the Packers was the bye week. Now that the team will have 13 days to recover, they should expect a lot of these players to return and they will be needed. The Packers have 13 straight weeks left of football and will no longer have any rest.
The meat of the schedule awaits this team, and having their full plethora of weapons on both sides of the ball will be necessary if they look to make some noise both in the division and conference.
A Packers team at 100 percent can be very dangerous. Give Aaron Rodgers a solid run game for balance and put a secondary out there that can create turnovers, and this team can match up with the best. The Week 4 bye is known as the worst bye week but ironically for the Packers, it was exactly what they needed.