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Week 10: No Aaron Rodgers equals no playoffs for Green Bay Packers
November 7, 2013 - Matt Wellens
If you didn’t think the Green Bay Packers are a one-man show, you’re about to learn the truth real soon.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is an NFL and Super Bowl MVP for a reason, and without him the Packers are doomed to not only miss out on another NFC North Division title, but the playoffs as well.
Rodgers fractured his collarbone less than four minutes into Monday night’s debacle against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field and based on the guesses of anyone and everyone besides Rodgers himself — the QB said Tuesday on his weekly ESPNWisconsin.com radio show no timetable has been discussed — Rodgers will be sidelined anywhere from 4-6 weeks.
That’s just enough time to kill the Packers season and open the doors for the Bears, Detroit Lions and everyone else in the NFC to bury the Packers before Rodgers returns — if he does at all.
Former Packers cornerback Charles Woodson broke his collarbone twice and it caused him to miss 10 games last season.
Rodgers requires no surgery, but there’s also no rehabilitation, treatment or magic pills or shots to speed up the healing process.
All the Packers can do is sit, wait and lose to a slate of teams they should have easily beat.
The Packers have been able to absorb a lot of injuries over the past few seasons, even winning Super Bowl XLV minus key players, but the unsuccessful backup quarterback shuffle in the preseason left the team dead in the water when Rodgers went down.
The Packers could have survived a short-term Rodgers injury early this season, but at 5-3 with eight games to go, three more losses will cost Green Bay the division with the fourth being the postseason dagger.
General manager Ted Thompson’s top priority this offseason needs to be what he failed to address this summer — a backup for Rodgers.
Hopefully he comes up with a better plan than B.J. Coleman, Graham Harrell, Vince Young or Seneca Wallace.
Now on to my picks, which have been as accurate as Wallace was on Monday night.
Each week I will include a short analysis on the Packers’ and Lions’ games, plus the primetime games on NFL Network, NBC and ESPN.
Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers
1 p.m., Sunday, FOX
1 p.m., Sunday, 1320 AM WDMJ/1240 AM WIAN
The Bears-Lions winner is in the driver’s seat for an NFC North title. With Jay Cutler expected to return at QB for the Bears, I expect him to deliver a game-winning touchdown — to Detroit. Lions 30, Bears 24
8:25 p.m., Thursday, NFL Network
Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman are all better than Seneca Wallace. They’re not better than an injured Robert Griffin III, though. Redskins 17, Vikings 14
8:30 p.m., Sunday, NBC
Based on the Cowboys play the last two weeks agains the Lions and Vikings, it’s almost as if they want to join the Packers on the couch this postseason. Saints 34, Cowboys 21
8:40 p.m., Monday, ESPN
The NFL couldn’t ask for two worse representatives right now to throw on a national stage than Miami and Tampa Bay. The Bucs are less of a mess than the Dolphins though, so their winless ways end here. Buccaneers 13, Dolphins 12
Here are the rest of my picks with winners in bold:
Jaguars at Titans
Bills at Steelers
Raiders at Giants
Rams at Colts
Seahawks at Falcons
Bengals at Ravens
Panthers at 49ers
Texans at Cardinals
Broncos at Chargers
Last week: 7-6. Overall: 78-55.
Matt Wellens is Sports Editor of the Mining Journal. Check out his Armchair QB column every Thursday in The Mining Journal and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/mattwellens. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is helped up by teammates tackle Don Barclay (67) and guard T.J. Lang (70) after being injured on a play by Chicago Bears defensive end Shea McClellin during an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)