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).
After Sunday, even those with the most despairing, realistic view of the increasingly lost season of the Green Bay Packers had to pause. The Pack had notched their second consecutive road win against a plucky Rams squad, getting a rare glimpse above .500 and solidifying their heretofore tenuous grasp on 3rd place in the NFC North. Aaron Rodgers was waking up the echoes of glories past and the patchwork defense was making just enough plays.
While it’s a stretch to think the Packers can compete with the NFC’s elite (Falcons, Bears, Vikings, Giants, 49ers), at 4-3 and with a favorable schedule ahead, it would have been conceivable, if unlikely, that this overachieving, undermanned bunch could be in the mix for the final wild card along with the rest of the conference’s mediocrities.
Could the absolutely necessary rebuilding wait one more season? Would the Graham Harrell Era be put on hold in the mad dash for one more long shot run at the Lombardi Trophy?
Those questions were answered on Monday afternoon, when FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer reported that Packers safety Charles Woodson had a broken collarbone. He is expected to miss approximately six weeks. The heart and soul of the Green Bay defense is lost, and will be “replaced” with the likes of M.D. Jennings and Jerron McMillan. It’s a gutting blow to an aging team ill-equipped to deal with adversity. Will they go 0-6 in Woodson’s absence? Doubtful. But would it be surprising? No. For a team that is just a game and a half clear of the collapsing Lions, you have to wonder how long they can keep this up before the inevitable happens.
This week, the Packers are back in the friendly, regular-season confines of Lambeau Field, where they’ll face the frankly terrible Jacksonville Jaguars, who will probably be missing Maurice Jones-Drew and Blaine Gabbert. This seems like the football equivalent of a walkover, but in an increasingly lost season, it seems nothing will come easy for the 2012 Green Bay Packers. I wish them the best.