RandBall: Packers without Rodgers = Vikings

  • Blog Post by: Michael Rand
  • November 5, 2013 - 9:18 AM

You never wish an injury upon anyone -- particularly someone as talented as Aaron Rodgers. We are 100 percent serious about that, even if allegiances are what they are.

That said, it is interesting -- for one game, at least -- to note just how much the Packers look like the Vikings without their star QB.

Green Bay threw for a mere 113 net yards, and 27 of those came from Rodgers before he was injured early in the Monday night game vs. the Bears. They ran for 199 yards, the vast majority coming from new offensive star Eddie Lacy.

They had a hard time getting off the field on third downs (6 of 14 for the Bears, including many big ones) and their suspect secondary was shredded by a backup QB (Josh McCown). And on their own third downs, they converted just 1 of 9 with their pinpoint passer replaced by the pedestrian Seneca Wallace.

It sounds as though Rodgers has a small fracture in his collarbone; they say he could miss three weeks, but maybe more.

Maybe with weeks to game plan with a different QB, the Packers will be able to adjust. Or maybe they -- and their fans -- will have to learn that life without an elite QB can make your team decidedly average (or worse), regardless of your running game, just as the Vikings have lived all season.

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