Packers' season isn't lost without Rodgers thanks to soft schedule
The Green Bay Packers may have lost quarterback Aaron Rodgers, but they have not yet lost their season.
Rodgers suffered a fracture of his left collarbone in Monday night loss to the Chicago Bears and the Packers confirmed on Tuesday that their star QB will be gone for an undetermined period of time.
In a ESPN radio interview, Rodgers said the team doctors talked at all about a timetable. added: feel like I been a quick healer in the past and I hopeful this will be on the short end of whatever prognosis comes up. not the only one.
The playoff race in the NFC looks at this point as its likely that the second wild card team will come from the Black and Blue Division. The runner up in the West San Francisco or Seattle should grab one spot.
The Carolina Panthers are also at 5 3 in the NFC South, but they are unproven and have a tough schedule ahead of them starting with back to back games against San Francisco and New England. They also have two games left against New Orleans and also a date with the schizophrenic New York Jets. So, they have it tough.
If Rodgers misses the next three weeks, the Pack could still go 3 0 even with Seneca Wallace at QB and should be no worse than 2 1 vs. the Eagles, Giants and Vikings. It not the toughest group to face.
The game the Pack need Rodgers back at the helm for is the Nov. 28 battle at Detroit, a game the could be a tipping point for both teams this Authentic Britton Colquitt Jersey season.
The division championship and in all likelihood a wild card spot could be on the line Dec. 29, the final day of the regular season when the Packers close it out at Chicago.
Missing Rodgers for any amount of time will hurt, will be a setback but it isn necessarily a killer. Not yet.
There was plenty of gloom and doom surrounding the Chicago Bears prior to Monday night.
But lo and behold, down goes Rodgers, up surge the Bears and on top of their upset victory comes the news that their injured quarterback, Jay Cutler, could be back of centre for Sunday key game against the Lions at Soldier Field.
Man, what a turn of events.
definitely trying to play. Nothing definitive yet, a source told ESPN. been jogging around a little but nothing major, and he been throwing the ball around some but nothing serious. suffering a groin injury two weeks ago, Cutler was expected to be out a minimum of four weeks. But now he is pushing the envelope, recovering quicker than expected and is preparing to start on Sunday.
There a lot of time between now and then but on Tuesday, optimism was in full bloom. Cutler has to jump through a series of hoops and pass all medical tests before a final decision will be made.
Last week, Cutler told one and all that he would be back sooner than later with teammate Brandon Marshall declaring that Cutler would miss just the one game after their bye and be back in time to face the Lions.
He could be right and what a gift that will be to the Bears postseason hopes.
If not, the Bears have faith in Josh McCown.
WHAT A MESS
Volumes have already been written with loads more to come regarding the mess in Miami regarding Richie Incognito and teammate Jonathon Martin. Trust me, there will be no winner in the final outcome, one that will likely end with Incognito out of a job.
In the macho culture of the testosterone driven NFL locker room, though, it is not so black and white.
Incognito, a veteran in a leadership role, may have overstepped the boundaries but Martin also quit on his team, ratted out Incognito and now its his teammates who are having to tiptoe through the line of questioning left in the wake of the mess.
It hard to believe that his teammates and the coaching staff didn know that Incognito was leaning all over Martin.
Perhaps he believed he was trying to toughen up Martin mentally?
If Martin couldn handle it and walked out, what does that say about his mental toughness? What kind of respect will he have in the locker room when he returns?
Right now everyone is trying to toe the politically correct line, right down to the NFL Players Association. In a statement released Tuesday they were throwing it all back on the Dolphins.