The Green Bay Packers saw their nightmare come true on MNF in Green Bay as star quarterback Aaron Rodgers laid on the ground after being sacked on the first drive of the game by Shea McClellan. Rodgers walked to sideline grimacing as the entire 78,000 fans in attendance held their collective breath hoping that No. 12 would shake it off and reenter the game. The fans’ prayers were not answered, however, as Rodgers was forced to go back to the locker room and subsequently his night was over. The Packers ended up losing the game 27-20, while Rodgers sat in street clothes, observing his backup Seneca Wallace struggle throughout the second half.
The Packers organization hoped for the best that the 2011 MVP would not miss any significant time, but as the news has spread Tuesday morning it seems that Rodgers will miss at least three weeks with a fractured collarbone. Where does this leave the Pack to go for the next three weeks? The only glimmer of hope that was put in the spotlight last night was the Packers’ running game.
The team rushed for a combined 199 yards and scored two touchdowns with Eddie Lacy being featured the most. Lacy has to continue to play at the level he is right now with Rodgers sidelined. The Packers need him to carry them through this three week stretch without their star signal caller being under center. Lacy, who carried the ball 22 times for 150 yards and one touchdown was almost single-handedly able to defeat the Chicago Bears. James Starks was also able to find success against a struggling Bears defensive front line; he burst up the middle for a 32-yard score to give the Packers the lead late in the first quarter.
Lacy and Starks will be the Packers’ offense over the next few weeks. It will be a tough stretch, but Seneca Wallace, or whomever the Packers bring in to play quarterback, will have to manage the game with no turnovers. If the quarterback play is consistent Lacy has shown over the past few games that he is more than capable of carrying the load for the Packers — he has carried the ball over 20 times each of the last five games. It will be a long three weeks waiting on Rodgers to return, but with this newly energized, strong running game led by Lacy, Packers fans have a symbol of hope until No. 12 steps back onto the Frozen Tundra.