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). We're publishing a couple days early this week as a tip of the cap to Vikings-Packers rivalry week.
People who pay attention to the game, who get its intricacies, understood that, in an increasingly lost season, Green Bay’s 5-game winning streak was a castle made of sand, and that a fearsome reckoning was in the offing. But even they had to be surprised at the extent of the whipping the defending champion New York Giants administered to the Pack on Sunday night.
All of Green Bay’s flaws were in evidence at the Meadowlands: an injury-depleted offensive line, the total absence of a running game, a lack of weapons for their undersized signal caller, an unreliable kicker and a banged-up, aging defense that helped a slumping Eli Manning return to form. If there was anything positive a Packer fan could glean from the walloping, it’s that the diminutive Aaron Rodgers finally relinquished quarterbacking duties to Graham Harrell in the 4th quarter. Although the towering Harrell didn’t impress, it was garbage time, and no doubt creates a lot of uncomfortable questions for Mike McCarthy in the lead-up to this week’s game against Minnesota. It’s a cliché, but it has the benefit of being true: when you have two quarterbacks, you have no quarterbacks.
Although McCarthy hasn’t come out and said it, it appears that Rodgers will probably be behind center and getting way up on his tippy-toes on Sunday, hoping to locate Jermichael Finley in the vain hope the latter won’t drop his pass. There are some reports that Greg Jennings might finally be back in the lineup, but let’s be realistic: the team is going nowhere, so if there’s any question about his health, it’ll be another week at least, if not 2013.
As noted, Green Bay takes on the struggling, hurting Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau on Sunday. Of course, the Purple have been facing stiff competition, while their green-and-gold counterparts have either been squeaking past the NFL’s bottom feeders or getting obliterated, as per usual, by the Giants. That said, if the Vikings are missing Percy Harvin, Chris Cook, Harrison Smith, Kyle Rudolph and Jared Allen due to injury or suspension, you have to give the nod to Green Bay, don’t you?
In an increasingly lost season, the answer remains unclear.
(On a personal note, I’ll be fortunate enough to witness the Packers’ increasingly lost season in person this Sunday. I look forward to the camaraderie and atmosphere of one of American sports’ finest gameday traditions. Does anyone have a Golden Tate jersey I can borrow?)