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Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers To The Rescue?


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Aaron Rodgers returning for the Green Bay Packers is a big deal. It’s a big deal for the Packers, it’s a big deal for the Chicago Bears and it’s a big deal for anyone who enjoys watching football.

Sorry Matt Flynn, but you’re not worth the discount double-check. You also lack the exotic mustache that Aaron wears so well. To be honest, he was just keeping the seat warm until either the team gave up or decided to let Rodgers try for a playoff run. That is not to say Flynn didn’t do a good job. He made the most of his situation and won some big games.

I mean, it can’t be too hard to hand the ball to Eddie Lacy, but I digress. Flynn is and always will be a serviceable backup who lacks superstar talent.

Now I’m not sitting here and saying that this division is anything special this season. It’s not. It’s downright pitiful. A team is going to advance to the playoffs from this division only because they have to. I’m not sure any of these teams would have made the playoffs in any other division, but again it’s irrelevant. The teams play the hand they are dealt and hope to get lucky on the river card.

If the Packers win, they make the playoffs with eight wins. If the Bears win, they make the playoffs with nine wins. No matter what, the football gods will weep sorrowfully due to the poor record of either team who advances.

That being said, be wary of the team that just barely sneaks into the playoffs. How many times in recent memory has the wild card team ended up getting hot and winning it all? In some situations, the team who plays the extra game ends up being better off than the team who had the bye. Teams with byes have been known to be rusty during their next game. In the playoffs, all a team needs to do is win one game at a time. Crazier things have happened.

I’m getting ahead of myself though. Green Bay needs to focus on the Bears. They need to hope that Rodgers isn’t rusty himself, and that he hasn’t lost his stellar chemistry and timing with his receivers. They need to hope that having Rodgers back is enough to beat the Bears. They want to make the playoffs just as bad as anyone, and they aren’t a bad team by any means. Add to it the fact that the game is in Chicago, and anything can happen.

Is Rodgers superior to Flynn? Yes. Would Packer Nation rather have Rodgers conducting this playoff-hopeful train? Of course. But will it be enough to beat the Bears? We shall see starting at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday.

David Galleher is a writer for Follow him on Twitter @theDaveGalleher.