The Green Bay Packers have lost a little bit of their luster during the three game losing streak they have been stuck in since losing quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a broken collarbone. Falling all the way to third place in the division at 5-5 many NFL fans have already stuck a fork in the defending NFL North champions, but the fat lady has not sung just yet.
For starters the Green Bay Packers are about to pick up their first win with Scott Tolzien under center. Through his first two appearances the former Wisconsin Badger may not have a desirable touchdown to interception ratio (1-5) or a win, but he does have more yards in those games than any Packer quarterback has in his first two games in history. That list includes Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers.
The Minnesota Vikings will be just what the doctor ordered for this injury riddled team. The Packers have owned the Minnesota Vikings of late, and will once again flex their muscle as they plow through their rival. Green Bay’s running game is going to dictate this game. If Eddie Lacy finds a rhythm, the offense will open up for Tolzien and the Packers will put up the 25-30 points we are used to seeing with Rodgers under center.
With that kind of offensive output, the Vikings just can’t keep up. Adrian Peterson who represents almost the entire offense, is banged up. A groin injury has kept him out of practice this week. Without him at full strength, the offense will be stuck in neutral and the Green Bay defense will be able to work out the kinks and get back on track with a quality outing.
After that the schedule remains favorable for the Packers. Aaron Rodgers could be back as soon as the Thanksgiving Day game with the Lions, and if he is that game becomes a lot more manageable. Besides taking on the Bears and Lions, the Dallas Cowboys are the only team at .500 still on the Packers schedule.
A simple schedule and three divisional games left makes the Packers still very relevant in the playoff picture. If they continue their divisional success and win those three contests, they not only will win the NFC North, but very easily could be 11-5 by the time all is said and done.
Oh yeah, and that Aaron Rodgers guy won’t be on the bench forever.