Aaron Rodgers‘ injury was supposed to end all hopes of a NFC North crown for the Green Bay Packers. After leaving today’s game against the Minnesota Vikings with a tie, the Packers still remain within striking distance of the division lead.
Surprisingly, the Detroit Lions lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the St. Louis Rams dominated the Chicago Bears today. Those two occurrences weren’t expected, but surely the Packers welcomed it. Green Bay plays the Lions on Thanksgiving, and with Detroit currently struggling and on a two-game losing streak, the Packers may be able to grab possession of first place in the NFC North after their game.
Matt Flynn entered the game for the Packers and was able to help Green Bay get into overtime with the Vikings. Although the Packers weren’t able to grab the victory, if it wasn’t for Flynn, Green Bay would have left with a loss rather than a tie.
If the Packers can continue keeping it close, whether it’s by their own victories or other teams in the division losing, Rodgers may return just in time to propel Green Bay into the postseason. The Packers will not always have luck on their side like they did today, because Detroit and Chicago are good enough to take care of business on the football field.
However, with the Packers maintaining ground in the NFC North and the fact that Rodgers will indeed return at some point this season, that may be enough to keep Green Bay’s hopes alive.
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