There are so many fans who have indicated that the Green Bay Packers should just shut down quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the season. I understand a 0-4-1 record in the last five games is frustrating, but to give up at this moment in time would be insane. There’s no question in my mind that forcing Rodgers to sit for the rest of the season would be a huge mistake.
The Packers are absolutely in playoff contention for several reasons. For starters, Rodgers is good enough to lead Green Bay to victories in the last four remaining games. That will put the Packers at nine wins on the year, which could be enough to clinch the NFC North division.
How is that possible?
The Chicago Bears are 6-6, while the Detroit Lions are 7-5. However, the Bears have struggled without quarterback Jay Cutler under center and the Lions have proven to be an inconsistent team at times this season. Not to mention, both teams have very difficult remaining schedules, which could be just enough for the Packers to sneak into first place in the division. Remember, Green Bay tied the Minnesota Vikings, which means if all three teams end up with nine wins, the Packers will own the tiebreaker.
If Rodgers is unable to go on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay loses then talk about shutting him down for the year can begin, especially if Detroit defeats the Philadelphia Eagles. However, I am convinced Rodgers will be cleared in time to suit up, which means there is a good chance the Packers will win in Week 14. Not to mention, the Lions will take on a very talented Eagles team and the Bears have to deal with the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football.
Come Monday night, the NFC North standings could easily show the Lions at 7-6, the Packers at 6-6-1 and the Bears at 6-7. Do you still want Rodgers shut down for the season? I didn’t think so.
Obviously, the biggest concern will be protecting Rodgers, especially after Matt Flynn got rocked by Detroit on Thanksgiving. With that being said, Green Bay has a small window to still compete for Super Bowl berths, which means to give up on the season means one less chance at a championship.