Packers XLV

From Elation to Heartache in Seven Days

Posted October 16th, 2017 @ 12:10am

What a difference a week makes. Was it just a week ago that Aaron Rodgers was doing Aaron Rodgers things, carrying the Pack to a comeback win over the Cowboys?

A Sunday later, we face a 2017 season with Rodgers in street clothes, Super Bowl dreams are likely dashed, but the playoffs are still a realistic goal. The way things are going, nine wins might be enough to win the North.

Let's start with the hit by Barr: it wasn't dirty. In my mind, it was a clean, hard, hit. They're playing football and defensive players are allowed to tackle hard. I've watched it over and over; I don't think a flag should have been thrown.

As I write this, there's been no declaration that Rodgers' season is definitely over, but I'm going to work under that assumption for now.

I actually have a lot of faith in Brett Hundley. This is his third year in the system and he is ready for his close-up. His performance on Sunday is pretty much irrelevant. The way offensive linemen were dropping, the Pack's main goal on this day was to make sure he came out of the game healthy. Give McCarthy a few days to get over the shock of losing Rodgers and he'll tweak the offense, trim back the playbook a little and devise an offensive gameplan that plays to Hundley's strengths.

The organization has to be considering bringing in another QB. After the game, McCarthy stated quite emphatically that Hundley and Joe Callahan are his quarterbacks. I would endorse bringing in Colin Kaepernick for a look. This team is good enough to win six of its last ten games, if they can get healthy up front and in the secondary. But having Joe Callahan as the backup is a bit frightening. We'll see if they change their tune over the next few days.

The Vikings trolls were out in force on Sunday, mocking the Pack's roster once Rodgers went down. When Lane Taylor left with ankle and knee injuries and the starting tackles aggravated injuries that have lingered most of the season, there was no way this offense was going to compete against a defense like the Vikings in their house. Add the fact that three starters in the secondary missed the game, and two others (Rollins and Brice) got hurt during the game and the Packers were down about ten key guys in this game.

With one game left before the bye, the team will likely be very cautious with the injured players. If all three starting linemen are out against the Saints, the Pack will be hard-pressed to cut Hundley loose. If they can get past the Saints, they'll be 5-2 at the bye. A 5-4 record the rest of the way could win the division. The next three games are Lions and Ravens at home, with a road game at Chicago in between. If they can win two of those, they're 7-3.

Then they hit the road for three of the next four. Let's say they lose in Pittsburgh and Carolina and win in Cleveland. The home game in that stretch is Tampa Bay. They can win that one. Now they're 9-5. They close with the Vikings at home and at Detroit. If they split those two, they're 10-6. Of course this assumes they remain relatively healthy, which has not been the case all season.

With Hundley under center, the margin for error is much thinner. The defense will need to step up and the running game will need to be productive. Life without Aaron is an entirely different reality. But in an NFC that appears to lack a dominant team, there's no reason to believe it's time to turn our attention to 2018 just yet.

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Comments (22):

What happens now is the Packers will sign Kaepernick ....... it will be short lived however ....... when Kaepernick kneels for the Anthem, some Redneck cheesehead will pull out his Deer Rifle and "Kaep" him : )

on October 15th, 2017 at 07:57pm

Has #4 been keeping in shape ? Just asking : )

on October 15th, 2017 at 08:00pm

At the rate players in this league are getting hurt, it looks like literally anything is possible. For all we know, come SB time, whoever is in it will be in all likelihood fielding their backup QB's. I know it sounds ridiculous, but the way things are going, it's not that far-fetched. Let's give this thing a few days to sort itself out before passing judgment.

on October 15th, 2017 at 08:19pm

If you can't beat him injure him. So that's the way the Purple Poople Odors want to play it now. I've watched the fateful play over and over and Barr hit well after the release. He didn't have to drive Aaron into the turf. He could have pulled up. Well, karma happens so maybe somebody will roll up on Barr's knee or ankle some game some time. And the Queensters can stop with the joke that the officials work for the Packers. Whether Barr should have been flagged is debatable but taking a touchdown off the board and letting McKinnon pick up the ball off the rug and keep a drive going. The Vikes should send a bouquet and some chocolates to the zebras for those calls. Even though losing Rodgers changes all the calculations on this season Siny makes a reasonable case for a winning, playoff year yet. Now it's not just "next man up," it's "team up."

on October 15th, 2017 at 08:23pm

Is Dave still talking playoffs? They don't call you drunken Sconnies for nothing. Good Grief, Dave!

on October 15th, 2017 at 08:44pm

Crushing, utterly crushing. I agree Dave, clean hit. The OL is a complete mess, the tackles can't stay healthy and putting McCray at either tackle isn't going to cut it. Even Linsley, who has been healthy, hasn't played well. It would be nice if their defense, under past his time Capers, could finally step up. Hoping for the best, expecting the worse sadly.

on October 15th, 2017 at 08:54pm

Geez Dave, I have a lot of respect for you and I applaud your extreme optimism, but endorsing a look at Crapernick? Seriously Dave?! Forget PST nominee. I may have to unfollow you for making such a ridiculous statement. If the Pack even consider bringing in that waste of a bum, you'll see me burn every piece of Packer gear I own, and I've been a fan for well over 40yrs. Get it together Dave. Seriously! Very disappointed.

on October 15th, 2017 at 09:46pm

No Dominant team hmm did we not just kick the crap out of your team that looked very pedestrian without Rogers? Vikes look good and though I'm not insane enough like you Dave and put my team in the SB, I do feel the Vikes with there defense and an effective but not great offense will win the division. I know from last year with no offensive line you are not going to win many games in this league even with a good qb, there are some serious problems there and in your secondary. Not to mention your team has the lowest sack total in the NFL. That does not hold up.

on October 15th, 2017 at 10:20pm

It was not a penalty hit...but it was a dirty hit. He knew the ball was released...and he had the intention to use his body to drive Rodgers into the turf to injury. Hopefully Rodgers will be back at some point this year and heal well. Go Pack!

on October 15th, 2017 at 11:51pm

If you take Keenum as an example pressed into service against the Steelers on the road was ugly, but then with a week of Prep the next week he did a 180, Yes Hundley being forced into service on the road did not pass the eye test but this week after a week of prep knowing he is the starter will look completely different. If I I am not mistaken there are a few backups have been forced into service this year. Now the hit was nothing resembling Charles Martin ending McMahons career, it was nothing like it!!!!!!! so drop it! Barr lets up for a second Rodgers escapes the pocket and makes something happen. nough said.

on October 16th, 2017 at 02:50am

Dave, there's a rule that protects the defenseless receivers in the game. Was Rodgers any less vulnerable on the Barr hit? AND, again, if a defensive player drives the player into the turf on a "defenseless" receiver, he'd be flagge, fined and maybe suspended. The League is losing viewers and fans daily. Stuff like this will hasten the departure of guys like me.

on October 16th, 2017 at 06:34pm

Karma is a cruel mistress. I wish I had some Grape Crush to pour out for my smug little homey Aaron Rodgers. You think this hobbled team of misfit packlers can still contend for a division title? Good luck with that Dave. Time to face the facts folks. Without a HOF QB the packlers are an average to below average team. The window is closing fast. Fans of the green and gold should prepare themselves to revisit the futility of the 70's & 80's packler teams. Enjoy the rest of your season Dave!

on October 16th, 2017 at 09:32am

A very huge loss to say the least, but, why can't Hundley be just as good as Prescott was last season after Romo was ruled out, and he was a rookie. Hundley is in his 3rd year, and now he get's a chance to play for a big payday, this is still a very high powered offense, we just need to get guys healthy. And my gut tells me that if Hundley looks bad this weekend, we may make a run at Romo and have him start after the bye, what a way for Romo to ride off into the sunset, leading his childhood team. I also wouldn't have a huge issue with checking out Kaep, the talent is there, and he is a super bowl QB, a change of scenery could do him good, especially coming home to WI. Still no reason we can't win this division. GO PACK GO

on October 16th, 2017 at 09:33am

Boo hoo, I better start drinking more, my FudgePackers are done. Drunken Sconny Fan out.

on October 16th, 2017 at 09:43am

Somebody forgot to fill my wallet with enough cash to make the bad calls to help the Pack out. But it would not have mattered. Without Rodgers, the Pack is terrible. And you can stop whining about injuries. The Vikings lost their entire OL the past 2 seasons, and had none of the their best offensive playmakers, yet still won.

on October 16th, 2017 at 10:21am

Even though Snowflakes like Jason from Waseca would have no issue with Kaepernick being brought in, a lot of Wisc. residents would have a serious issue with a minimal IQ Anti-American douchebag quarterbacking their beloved team. I can foresee thousands of empty seats at Lambeau Field ..... Leave him in Kalifornia where he fits in perfectly. ------------ and, let's put something else to rest. If Romo has a lick of sense. He will not play for the packers. One look at that Sh#%@ offensive line should clue him in that he would be crippled for life after 2 or 3 series : )

on October 16th, 2017 at 10:41am

MY life is over with Aaron out like this. What will I do now, no one will believe me when I call into Packer Preview and still claim my pack will win every game by 20 points. It's not fair!!! Can we stop the season until Rodgers is ready to play again? We deserve it!

on October 16th, 2017 at 10:42am

Vikings Fans, enjoy your Super Bowl! The door to your own house will be locked by December's end. Hey Sinykin, As I recall, the last time the Packers introduced a new QB named Brett, things did not turn out so bad. #GoHundleyGo!

on October 16th, 2017 at 11:14am

Also to Fatty Acid/ No worries...burn your stuff we don't need you. Say what you want. I said my piece and won't dignify anything you say with a response. Best, John

on October 16th, 2017 at 12:10am

A dirty hit by a dirty player on a dirty team that never has and never will amount to anything! He absolutely was trying to hurt Rodgers. Knocking him out for the season was the only way the lavender would have even a remote shot to win the division and they knew it. Karma's a bitch queens fans and she WILL come knocking at your door.

on October 17th, 2017 at 01:03pm

Mike Florio wrote a wise and thoughtful piece about what happened Sunday on is Profootballtalk.com site on Oct. 16. He wrote: "THE HIT THAT BROKE AARON RODGERS'COLLAARBONE WASN'T ILLEGAL. MAYBE IT SHOULD BE." He goes on to talk about expanding the roughing rule in the interest of protecting the health and safety of players and the quality and integrity of the NFL's game. "IS IT REALLY A GOOD THING FOR THE NFL THAT AARON RODGERS MIGHT MISS THE ENTIRE SEASON? ARE HITS LIKE BARR'S REALLY SO FUNDAMENTAL TO FOOTBALL THAT WE CAN'T OUTLAW THEM FOR THE HEALTH OF QUARTERBACKS AND THE GOOD OF THE SPORT? I DON'T THINK SO."(Florio.) Florio suggests that qb's be treated similar to kickers and punters: They can't be hit when they don't have the ball because of their vulnerability to injury as defenseless players. He points out that the league did change the rule on low hits on the qb after Tom Brady was put out in 2008 and the change to the rule about horse collar tackling. Barr and the Vikings were out to hurt Rodgers. It's no secret that defenses try to "hurt" players in hopes it will cause the opposition to make a mistake by "getting into their head." I say "hurt" in distinction to "injure." But in the effort to hurt critical injuries like this one happen. Years ago when John Teerlinck was their d-line coach the Vikes were noted for some extracurricular play that injured other players. Maybe that culture still exists in Minnesota. Recall the outrage on Greg Williams' New Orleans defense on Favre in the NFC title game. No, Barr didn't accidentally injure Aaron Rodgers. He was trying to hurt him. If that's the way they need to win then Greg Williams is Minnesota's model.

on October 17th, 2017 at 05:52am

Those numbers are the only numbers that counted when the Vikings spanked the hapless Packers. *LOL*

on October 30th, 2017 at 10:01am

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