Well Mike McCarthy has not ruled Aaron Rodgers out for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons but
he hasn’t said he’s going to play either and it looks like Matt Flynn will take the starter reps for the rest of the week Aaron will be a limited participation in practice. So I guess it’s just another day in Packer purgatory. At least the Packers have had some extra rest this week.
Before this stretch of games without Rogers I thought the most important thing would be the quarterback play being good enough to win a game or two. Now with all those losses behind us and every game being a must win game we have not only the quarterback play to worry about but also the shuffling of the offensive line. It’s Wednesday so as the injury report comes into focus we’ll see what the offensive line is going to look like against the Falcons. I think there are three factors that will make or break the team in this game. I list them in order of importance.
1. Offensive line: The O-line will have to step it up if we are going to have a chance to run the table, which is necessary to keep alive and spark of a playoff hope. Play of the line is absolutely critical…if they play well, we have a chance with either Flynn or Tolzien (I said a chance) but if they don’t improve…done deal.
2. Quarterback play: Flynn has to be able to deliver the ball as teams who watch the Lions game will be stacking the box and daring Green Bay to run the ball. But this can hurt them too because we all know what Flynn is capable of when he gets into a rhythm. We also, however, know what he is capable of if the O-line (see above) doesn’t protect him…3 points a game.
3. Defense: The defense was on the field too much against the Lions, but that is no excuse. McCarthy calculated the Defense and Special Teams to have had up to 20 missed tackles on Thanksgiving. Unacceptable…absolutely unacceptable.
And as everybody reading this probably knows, even if we get the above “fixed” we are still not the same team we were when a certain heir apparent turned elite quarterback is tossin’ the rock around.