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Expect Flynn Under Center Sunday Night

Posted December 15th, 2010 @ 10:12pm

When the schedule came out in April, this was the toughest game on it: Packers at Patriots on a Sunday night. A couple weeks back Tom Brady eclipsed Brett Favre's home field domination by winning for the 26th straight time at Foxboro. Even with a healthy Aaron Rodgers, the Packers would be big time underdogs.

Now it appears the Pack will be without its best player when the teams meet on Sunday night. Rodgers has yet to be cleared by doctors, meaning he cannot practice, attend team meetings or go through film study. He has been ruled out of practice on Thursday and most likely Friday. We won't know anything more regarding his status until Saturday.

Safe to say, Rodgers is out this week. It's undoubtedly the right call for Aaron Rodgers' health now and down the road. When a football players suffers two concussions within an eight week period you can bet there will be extra measures taken, in this new era of protecting players from devastating brain injuries.

From a football perspective, the loss of Rodgers changes little. The Packers would be 9-10 point underdogs with him, 14 point dogs or more without him. With or without him, it would take a Herculean effort to beat a team that has caught fire, embarrassing the Jets and Bears in successive weeks.

Looking at the playoff ramifications, the loss to the Lions put the Pack in a world of hurt. Yes it would be much better to beat New England, obviously, but a loss to an AFC team does little damage in the tiebreaking scenarios. Win or lose Sunday night, the Pack will need to win its final two home games against the Giants and Bears and get a little help, this week by the Eagles and banged up Vikings.

The Giants might be our best hope. They face the Eagles this week in a showdown for first place in the NFC East. They lost by 10 points four weeks ago in Philly and host them on a short week, following the win over the Vikings. If the Eagles can knock them off and the Packers beat them the following week, our playoff hopes will look a little brighter.

But first things first. Rodgers needs to get well and hopefully be ready for the Giants next Sunday afternoon. In the meantime, we'll prepare to watch Matt Flynn get his chance to start, in primetime against Bill Belechick and Tom Brady in their house.

Hide the women and children.

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They say cream always rises to the top. In this crazy who is number one season the cream is starting to rise. New England, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and Baltimore are the cream. The Packers cream turned sour in Detroit and we also lost the straw that turns the cream (AROD). With Flynn as the straw and all our injuries we are now skim milk with an expiration date of 3 games. With the Webmaster or some rethread at QB for the Vikes we can not expect much against the Bears. We have not had a perfect game all season and thats what it will take against the PATS. Maybe if Brady gets close to the sideline our special teams quote could pull a Jets with his foot. It would be the best special teams contribution of the season. GO PACK GO !!

on December 15th, 2010 at 07:04pm

It's unfortunate that a play here or there during most of our losses contributed heavily to our current 8-5 record. Whether it was an Arodge fumble, Jennings bobble (becoming an int), James Jones 4th qtr fumble, Crosby missed fg (2x), little plays here and there allowed the Pack to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Certainly the Pack has put forth an amazing effort with all of the injuries they have sustained. They have endured injuries directly resulting from others bungling (if Donald Lee doesn't fumble, Finley isn't hurt tackling someone). There has been horrid playcalling and bad clock management. Through it all, we have had a fun, but frustrating team to watch that is just simply not healthy enough to win. The loss of Rodgers is the icing on the cake to an injury plagued season.................-- A playoff birth would be amazing but hopefully these Packers can simply learn from this trying year and become a force in 2011. Go Pack!

on December 16th, 2010 at 05:14pm

By the way, is anyone else excited about the level of experience many young players will have gained during this injury plagued season?-- When you look at the D-line next year, a starting 3 of Jenkins, Jolly and Raji with backups in Mike Neal, Howard and Wilson looks pretty good. Picket may be there instead of Jolly which would also be good.---------LB core still needs a better pass rusher to complement the Claymaker but our depth and quality across the board looks pretty good. Even in the secondary, one has to be optimistic with the elevation of Tramon, the saavy of Woodson and the emerging success of Shields. Add to that with Burnett coming back from injury and depth with Anthony Smith and the back end looks pretty solid. Offensively, we will see the return of Finley and hopefully the addition of a 1st round O-line talent from the draft. I do believe Starks will be a good back, and BJack is an excellent 3rd down back. It all adds up to :Superbowl Homeboy! Go Pack!

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