Let’s be honest — Aaron Rodgers is the Green Bay Packers.
That’s why seeing him on the sidelines with a beanie and a headset instead of out on the grid iron had to be painful for Packers and football fans alike. Get used to the sight. In a terrible stroke of luck, the Packers’ second-string quarterback Seneca Wallace also went down, and third-string quarterback Scott Tolzien had to come in and finish the game.
While he didn’t play poorly under the circumstances, his limitations certainly reared their ugly heads. His arm is below average and he missed quite a number of easy throws and at times, he looked like a deer in headlights. After the game, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy named Tolzien the starting quarterback for the foreseeable future with Rodgers shelved. Apparently, he didn’t have much confidence in Wallace in this offense.
Sorry to say it, Packers fans, but I think the team is done. They probably will have to trudge through at least three more games without Rodgers and by then, I believe they will be firmly out of the NFC North race — a race which right now the Detroit Lions look to be running away with. It is simply too much to ask this team to compete without their leader and best player for a considerable amount of time.
Keep in mind, that the Packers suffered their worst home loss in six years yesterday in a game where the Philadelphia Eagles featured their backup, Nick Foles, in the starting role. This is a glaring example of Rodgers’ impact on the Packers organization. The Packers’ playoff hopes are all but done.