Green Bay Packers’ Playoff Hopes Still Alive Without Aaron Rodgers
At the beginning of the 2013 season, the Green Bay Packers had high hopes of making the playoffs and making a deep run possibly to the Super Bowl. All of those dreams could have been dashed by an awkward tackle made by Chicago Bears defensive lineman on quarterback Aaron Rodgers that fractures his clavicle. The injury will have the signal caller sidelined for at least three weeks, but the Packers are treating the injury as a week to week deal.
The season may seem to be over in the eyes of Green Bay fans across the United States, but not in the locker room with the culture that comes with being a member of the Pack. The players know it’s time to step up and answer the call in this time of need; other leaders on the Packers will make their presence known and lead this team.
Without Rodgers at quarterback it becomes tough sledding for any team that loses their MVP, but if any team is prepared to take on this challenge it would be Green Bay. The Packers lost many key players during 2010 to season-ending injuries, but they were able to fight through the adversity and make a deep run through the playoffs ending in a Super Bowl victory.
So to say the Packers are out of the playoff race because of an injury would be incorrect. The Packers are built for this sort of situation having the next man up step up and make considerable contributions. In this case it’s a bit tougher to replace the 2011 MVP in your offense, but the Packers will have to do it with either backup Seneca Wallace or Scott Tolzien, former undrafted quarterback out of he University of Wisconsin.
The Packers will be able to navigate this three game stretch without Rodgers if they are able to get consistent quarterback play from either Wallace or Tolzien with their newly found ground game on offense. The Packers are able to run the ball as well if not better than any other team in the league with the two-headed monster of Eddie Lacy and James Starks. As long as the quarterback can keep turnovers to a minimum and manage the game, the Packers’ run game can lead them to victory against three mediocre opponents in the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, and Minnesota Vikings. All three games are easily winnable if the run game is solid and the defense is able to get a rush to cause some turnovers.
The Packers as a team will be fine and weather this storm. Green Bay will make the playoffs and their fans will be pleasantly surprised with the resiliency of this Packers team.