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The Packers' Increasingly Lost Season, Volume 6: Rodgers coming up short

Posted by: Michael Rand under Professional football, Vikings Updated: November 15, 2012 - 12:12 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).



The Green Bay Packers didn’t even play a game last weekend. And yet, in an increasingly lost season, they still found a way to lose.

Pie-in-the-sky optimists may see the Pack’s 6-3 record and a full week of rest as something to celebrate. This disregards the fact that the combined record of their last three “opponents” is 8-18-1. Congratulations, I guess? It’s rare for a team as overmatched as the Packers are to be gifted three consecutive games against teams even more pitiable than them. There’s nothing wrong with winning, of course, but let’s stop putting lawn chairs down on the parade route.
As for the week of rest, that was scuttled immediately when, as Michael noted last week, diminutive Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers pouted that the 60 Minutes feature on him ignored his charity work and instead focused on his height, or lack thereof. You would think that, for a team as underexposed as Green Bay, any publicity would be good publicity. Instead, he chose to create a needless bye-week distraction. Baffling.
The true loss came Monday, however, when Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga was placed on injured reserve with a hip injury. Bulaga, of course, is tasked with protecting the wee Rodgers, and his loss is crushing for an already injury-ravaged squad. A potential silver lining to the end of Bulaga’s season? He is a towering 6’ 5”, whereas his likely replacements, T.J. Lang and Evan Dietrich-Smith, stand 6’4” and 6’2”, respectively. In the unlikely event they can protect the aging star quarterback, their relatively smaller frames give the tiny, almost childlike Rodgers a better chance to get way up on his tippy-toes and peer over their helmets to spy downfield at his receiving options. I’ve helpfully diagrammed this best-case scenario below:
This week, Lil’ Aaron and the Pack hit the road to play a desperate Lions team that basically has to win out to return to the playoffs. Long odds, to be sure, but in an increasingly lost season for their opposition, there’s no reason to think that winning streak won’t start on Sunday.  
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