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Are The Packers A Legit Threat To Go To The Super Bowl Now That Aaron Rodgers Is Back From Injury?

Submitted by on December 27, 2013 – 9:23 amNo Comment
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“THE GREEN BAY PACKERS ARE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL! NOW THAT AARON RODGERS IS BACK, NOTHING CAN STOP THEM!”

At the moment, that’s what just about everyone in Green Bay is thinking. For the last month or so, the Packers fans have had to sit by idly and watch Matt Flynn try to play quarterback for their team, because Rodgers has been nursing a broken collarbone ever since early November. And at times, it has not been pretty. Sure, the Packers earned a stunning comeback win against the Dallas Cowboys a couple weeks back. But outside of that, both their wins and their losses have been ugly. So without Rodgers, there was a pretty decent chance that the Packers wouldn’t have been able to beat the Chicago Bears this weekend to make the playoffs, let alone make a strong run through them. But now that Rodgers is back, the Packers are most definitely Super Bowl-bound…right?

Errr, maybe. We don’t want to completely discount the Packers here—they did, after all, make a strong Super Bowl run a few years back after winning the wild card—but the truth of the matter is that Packers fans can’t expect Rodgers to come back after nearly two months away from the game of football and play at a high level. Will he be a better option than Flynn? Of course. But Rodgers hasn’t taken reps regularly with the first team in a really long time now. And when you couple that with the fact that the Packers have sustained injuries to a lot of other key players, too, there’s a chance that they won’t be able to beat the Bears on Sunday even with Rodgers.

All hope shouldn’t be lost for the Packers faithful, though. Without Rodgers, the Packers had a slim chance to beat the Bears. But now that they have Rodgers back under center, they should, at the very least, be able to stick with Chicago and challenge them for the NFC North crown. And if they’re able to win the game? They could be a very, very dangerous team in the playoffs. Just do’t go penciling them into the Super Bowl just yet. They need to get past the Bears first, and that’s the only thing they should be worrying about right now.

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