It’s possible the sun is setting on the Green Bay Packers 2013 season. Since suffering a fractured collarbone during Week 8, quarterback Aaron Rodgers has left his potentially elite team scrambling for answers. Though the Packers are still in contention for the division title in the NFC North, it’s dependent on a few unlikely scenarios.
If Rodgers wears a size 13 cleat, the combined “talents” of backups Wallace, Tolzien, and Flynn are a size 6. Filling his shoes cannot be done. Rodgers is arguably the most skilled quarterback in the league. His absence showed every indication of that as the Packers proceeded to lose 4 games, tie 1, and squeeze out 1 narrow victory over the Falcons.
As Week 15 is nearly upon us, Rodgers is still unsure if he will play. He says he is still in a considerable amount of pain when performing simple tasks, football related or not. In addition to the pain, a scan of his collarbone revealed there wasn’t enough healing to be medically cleared for play. Subsequently, head coach Mike McCarthy began to plan for Flynn to start this Sunday against the Cowboys.
If the Packers win-out and the Lions and Bears lose 1 or more games each, the Packers make the playoffs. Unless Flynn has another fluke record-setting game like he did in 2012, fans better cross their fingers for Rodgers to play through the pain. Barring a miracle, it might be time for the Pack to look forward to 2014.