What Does Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ Injury Mean For His Team & The Rest Of The NFC?
Are you a Green Bay Packers fan? Then we have just two words for you today: We’re sorry. We’re sorry because, last night, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers reportedly suffered a fractured collarbone during a game against the Chicago Bears and is likely going to miss at least three weeks of action as a result of it. There is, of course, a chance that he could come back sooner. But there’s also a chance that he could be out even longer than three weeks. And either way, Rodgers’ injury is going to have a serious impact on both the Packers and the rest of the NFC.
Rodgers’ injury affects the Packers because they don’t have a strong backup quarterback in place at the moment. During their game against the Bears, their current backup Seneca Wallace was forced into action. And while he did OK given the circumstances, it’s pretty clear that Wallace isn’t going to lead the Packers to the promised land this season. It’s unlikely that he has what it takes to win right now, especially when you consider that the Packers were already facing an uphill battle before Rodgers got hurt due to a bunch of other injuries that Packers players have sustained in recent weeks. So if they want to have any chance of continuing to win during the month of November, they need to find a quarterback solution quickly and bring someone in to serve as a placeholder before Rodgers returns.
Rodgers’ injury also affects a bunch of other teams in the NFC as well. For instance, both the Bears and the Detroit Lions have 5-3 records right now and are tied with the Packers. So they suddenly have hope when it comes to both winning the NFC North and winning a wild-card playoff spot over the Packers. Rodgers going down also gives teams like the San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers, and even the Philadelphia Eagles the chance to leapfrog Green Bay in the playoff picture. Bottom line: Rodgers’ injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Packers, who need Rodgers to come back quickly if they want to have a chance at winning the NFC North or squeezing into a wild-card playoff spot.
With all of that being said, it’ll be interesting to monitor this situation and see how the Packers react to Rodgers going down for a few weeks. The NFC is suddenly wide open, and it’s going to make the second half of the season even more exciting than it was already going to be.