After almost eight weeks of waiting, Green Bay Packers fans will finally get what they’ve been hoping for.
In a winner-takes-the-division battle with the Chicago Bears, the Packers will start Aaron Rodgers at quarterback in hopes of coming away with the NFC North crown. Although there’s still some concern about the health of his recently-fractured collarbone, Rodgers being under center gives Green Bay the best opportunity to be victorious against the Bears.
While Matt Flynn has played well in Rodgers’ absence, what the former NFL MVP brings to the table should be enough to give the Packers the boost they need.
Not only does Rodgers have one of the best arms in the NFL, but he’s among the best minds in the game under center. He does a great job of reading defenses, adjusting to pre-snap looks and putting his offense in position to be successful – all aspects that Flynn simply doesn’t offer. Plus, Rodgers is a sneaky athlete with the ability to hurt defenses with his feet.
With Rodgers starting, the Bears’ defense suddenly has to take Green Bay’s passing game seriously. Flynn was keeping opponents honest, but doesn’t have the arm to shred secondaries. Rodgers, however, can take poor pass coverage and turn it into an overwhelming lead. Especially with receivers Jordy Nelson and James Jones in the arsenal, the offense suddenly becomes dynamic with Rodgers at the helm.
The Packers also might get electrifying receiver Randall Cobb back this week, which would further elevate the offense’s stock.
Assuming rookie running back Eddie Lacy is good to go on Sunday, the Packers shouldn’t have any trouble decimating a Chicago defense that ranks near the bottom of the NFL. They’ll put the Bears on their heels early with the arm of Rodgers, and then pound the defense into submission late with Lacy.
With their season on the line, the Packers made the right choice to roll the dice and give Rodgers the green light. Barring another injury, Rodgers will lead the Cheeseheads to a playoff berth and the NFC North crown.