With a 5-2 record and sitting atop the NFC North, the Green Bay Packers had established themselves as a team for opponents to avoid at all costs. Then their worst nightmare happened with Aaron Rodgers going down with a fractured collarbone. The Packers found themselves on a five-game skid without a win and looking completely lost, agitated and distraught. Injuries were piling up to key players at such a rate that the Packers seemed to pose zero threat to their opponents and the season was beginning to look like a lost cause. That all changed on Sunday.
After pulling out a victory against the Atlanta Falcons, the Packers just launched themselves into the “dangerous” category for a couple reasons. Shortly after the win, the Packers were able to witness the Detroit Lions losing to the Philadelphia Eagles. This has the Packers sitting only a half game behind the Lions for the NFC North lead. What’s even better news? The Packers could be getting their MVP back for their next game. This has to strike fear into the Lions as they can see the Packers directly behind them in the rear view mirror.
In 2010, the Packers were in a very similar situation with loads of injuries to key players, but were able to gel together and play their best football as the playoffs approached, ultimately leading to a Super Bowl title. Like 2010, this season has been loaded with adversity and the experience should help prepare them for a playoff run. Rodgers has had an opportunity to see the game from another perspective while being sidelined which has helped fuel his hunger to return and lead his team.
All in one week, the Packers seemed to have gone from rock bottom to suddenly transitioning into a team that opponents don’t want to see down the stretch. The Lions made a mistake by leaving the door open and now Rodgers is looking to kick the door in.