Weak Schedule Over the Next Three Weeks Can Keep Green Bay Packers Atop NFC North
Yes the Green Bay Packers lost a tough game against the Chicago Bears. Yes they lost quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Yes he may miss up to three weeks. Yes their defense struggled, and yes I know many fans may be panicking. However, Packers fans need to take a breath, relax and realize that this season is far from over. And with a weak schedule ahead this team will be just fine!
Initial reports from several sports networks have Rodgers missing up to three weeks with a partial break in his collarbone on his non-throwing side. The Packers have yet to release full reports on the extent of the injury and more will be reported today as they prepare for the Philadelphia Eagles. The quarterback situation is a mess for the Packers as Seneca Wallace showed he couldn’t make throws last night, but who knows, maybe Matt Flynn will be getting a call soon to return to Green Bay.
Regardless of who is under center, the Packers are still in decent shape in my mind. If Rodgers is out three weeks, the Packers are lucky they play three teams in the next three weeks who are all under .500 and are a combined 7-18 this season. It is a scenario that should definitely benefit the Packers.
Another positive for the Packers is that two of those three games are at home where the team has shined over the past few seasons. They go up against the Eagles this week. From there, the Packers will travel to the east coast to take on the New York Giants before coming home again to take on the Minnesota Vikings. All three of those teams have struggled this year trying to stop offenses and really have struggled on their own offensive side of the ball as well. The Eagles are coming off a big win on the road where Nick Foles threw for an amazing seven touchdown passes which tied an NFL record. However, you would be hard pressed to tell me he even comes close to replicating that performance this week at Lambeau Field.
The Packers must get healthy, and it won’t be easy trying to win games without Rodgers at the helm. But if there is a silver lining for the green and gold, it’s the weak schedule they stare at for the next few weeks. If the Packers can go 2-1 in the next three and Rodgers returns to a team sitting at 7-4, the Packers will be just fine.