The Green Bay Packers are coming off a tough loss last night to the Chicago Bears. It was a hard loss to swallow and what made it worse was that quarterback Aaron Rodgers was hurt and is expected to miss 3-6 weeks with a slight fracture in his collarbone (according to reports). It is an injury that the Packers could not afford. However, any optimistic fan like myself can look at this injury and this season as a mirror image of the Packers’ 2010 Super Bowl season.
You may read this and think I am crazy to say the Packers have a chance to make any noise without Rodgers. You may have thought the same in 2010. Remember, Rodgers was hurt against the Detroit Lions (NFC North opponent — wink, wink) late in the season and missed a game with a concussion. His injury this season happened against the Bears (NFC North opponent) and he is expected to miss time. The amount of time that Rodgers will be out will most likely be longer than in 2010, but the resemblance is scary.
When Rodgers went down in 2010, who filled in? Matt Flynn. Currently, the Packers have Seneca Wallace as their backup quarterback but with his putrid performance last night, I’m sure the Packers will be on the phones. And guess what. Flynn is available. He was released by the Buffalo Bills yesterday and is available to clear waivers at 4 p.m. ET today. If the Packers are smart, they bring back the sixth year man from LSU. He knows the system and is a major upgrade from Wallace. If Flynn does return he can lead that Packers offense and who knows, maybe throw for three touchdowns against the Philadelphia Eagles like he did against the New England Patriots in 2010.
Aside from the Rodgers injury, the Packers are still without weapons on offense. Tight end Jermichael Finley may not return at all this season which is a major blow to the team. However, if you look at what happened in 2010, Finley missed the entire season with a knee injury. Coincidence? I think not.
Another major comparison between this year’s team and the 2010 team is the defense. The Packers defense in 2010 played very well and was a strong point for the team. This season, they rank high in the league against the run and have done a good job getting off the field and creating turnovers. They were a major reason the 2010 team got to the playoffs and will have to be a major reason this year’s team makes a push.
The final resemblance is pretty scary. In 2010, the Packers had to go on the road to the Bears during Week 17 and had to win to get into the playoffs. This year, the Packers travel to Chicago during Week 17. If they need a win in Chicago for a chance in the playoffs you can expect a fired up Packers team. If they get into the playoffs it can be assumed (although it’s early) they will go on the road as a Wild Card team. Sound familiar?
The Packers would most likely go on the road to play and could match-up against an NFC East team. In 2010, who did the Packers beat in the first round? The Eagles. It may just happen again. If they were to play the Eagles in the playoffs and win, it could also be assumed they go on the road to play a tough offensive team. In 2010, they traveled to take on the Atlanta Falcons. It seems this year they may just have to go to another dome and take on another NFC South team, possibly the New Orleans Saints. Scary, huh?
This 2013 season may be completely different from the 2010 season, but as a Packers fan it’s hard not to see the resemblance. Regardless, the Packers must get healthy and try to rebound from their most recent loss and get back to their winning ways soon.