The Green Bay Packers have been one of if not the greatest franchise in NFL history. From Bart Starr to Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers, the team has had some of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play in the league. Unfortunately, even having a top-flight quarterback cannot win you games if the rest of your supporting cast falls apart.
For the Packers, that is exactly what happened to them on Thursday. Regardless of the phase of the game you wish to look at, the Packers struggled. The offensive line play was terrible, allowing seven sacks and countless quarterback hits on current QB Matt Flynn, the defense was horrendous giving up 563 total yards and 40 points, and both the running and passing games were stagnant. Eddie Lacy had only 16 rushing yards on 10 carries and Flynn had 139 passing yards.
While Rodgers would likely have fared better in the game than Flynn it is very unlikely that they would have won as they looked completely lost in every phase of the game. You can make a case that some of the offensive struggles were due to Flynn being under center, but the team will not win games as long as their defense continues to struggle this badly or if their offensive line continues to breaks down like it did on Turkey Day.
The reality is that the Packers have more holes on their team to fix than just an injured Rodgers. The good news for them is that the upcoming draft should help fix some of the holes on their team outside of the quarterback position. It may be time for them to start thinking about what direction they want to head in during the offseason. In any case, with that loss they appear to be a longshot to make the playoffs.