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RandBall's Stu: The Packers' Increasingly Lost Season, Volume 3

  • Blog Post by: Michael Rand
  • October 18, 2012 - 12:32 PM

 

Born out of a series of Tweets by commenter @RandBallsStu, an idea by your humble proprietor and a sick thirst to rile up Packers fans for no good reason, we present the second installment of our series called, "The Increasingly Lost Season." In this series, Stu will give a brief recap of the Packers' misfortunes as they tumble from 15-1 Super Bowl repeat team of destiny to Randy Wright-esque putridity (even if, in all likelihood, they really don't).

 

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A quarterback for an erratic team, faced with a road test against a team with Super Bowl aspirations, throws multiple touchdowns in his best game of the season, leading to a surprising victory and NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
 
But enough about Tarvaris Jackson in 2008 against the Arizona Cardinals. Aaron Rodgers had his own Tarvaris-esque performance on Sunday versus the Texans, and offered a ray of light in what has thus far been an increasingly lost season for the Green Bay Packers.
 
That Vikings team was nowhere near Super Bowl-caliber, of course, and Tarvaris Jackson would soon prove that this game was the exception, not the rule. At the time, though, many Vikings fans were willing to ignore Jackson’s body of work and hope the Arizona game was proof that he’d finally figured it out. An ugly home playoff loss to Philadelphia dashed those hopes for good, and led the Vikings to bring in Jets castoff Brett Favre as their signal caller. The rest is history.
 
Naturally, this leads one to ask the same questions about Rodgers. It goes without saying that he’s more accomplished than Jackson, despite their shared inability to win home playoff games. But can Green Bay fans trust that what they saw on Sunday night? They’d do well to remember that hope is not a plan. There probably isn’t a going to be a free agent quarterback with the skills of a Favre on the 2013 market, so unless Ted Thompson or his successor find a willing and somewhat gullible trade partner for some of Gang Green’s aging talent, they have to hope Rodgers is the answer. As a Vikings fan will tell you, hope is currently behind Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tyler Thigpen on the Buffalo Bills’ depth chart.
 
It doesn’t get any easier for the Pack this week as they travel to St. Louis, where they’ll play an upstart Rams team with a young quarterback and a surprising defense that seems to be responding to new head coach Jeff Fisher. Green Bay fans will no doubt remember when they, too, had a young quarterback and a surprising defense. In an increasingly lost season, memories of what used to be are often all you have left.

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