Heading into this week, the Green Bay Packers knew that they needed a lot of help in order to make the postseason. They had to win the remainder of the games left on their schedule, and they needed the teams in their division to lose a game or two. This week, they got part of their wish as they squeaked out a one-point win against the Atlanta Falcons, and the Detroit Lions lost in a game that featured the most treacherous of conditions.
As it stands right now, the Packers are in third place in the NFC North division, but a loss by the Chicago Bears on Monday night would propel the Packers into second place. Then, all they would have to do is win out the remainder of their schedule and they would finish ahead of the Bears, especially since they play them head-to-head in the final week of the season.
However, today’s loss not withstanding, the Lions are still at the top of the NFC North. As much as I like Matt Flynn, and believe me I do, he is no Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay’s remaining schedule is among the toughest in all of football. For the final three games, they play on the road against the Dallas Cowboys, at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers and finally, a road game against the Bears.
The Packers will need Rodgers for the latter part of the season if they are to have any shot of making the playoffs, especially against Chicago and Dallas. Those two offenses can score major points in a hurry in multiple different ways. While Flynn has been serviceable, you need a star quarterback to compete with these teams in the North. Knowing this, you can bet the Packers will do everything in their power to get Rodgers back for this week’s game in Dallas.