The Green Bay Packers, who have been playing top tier football and showed promise to make a deep run into January, will now have to finish their season without their star quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. The former two-time MVP is out for the season as he suffered a broken collarbone on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings after a hit from linebacker Anthony Barr. Rodgers has arguably been the best quarterback in the NFL since he entered the league. Since Rodgers replaced Brett Farve in 2008, the Packers are 94-46 with him as the starter, and they are 3-6-1 when he hasn’t played. Without him, the Packers have lost their specialness. Rodgers is a future Hall of Famer, and someone who can win with any team he has to work with.
Everyone from Colin Kaepernick to Tony Romo to Brett Farve have been mentioned as a potential replacement for Rodgers. It isn’t likely any of these guys will get the phone call, Packers head coach, Mike McCarthy, stated “we are more than happy to move forward with the quarterbacks on the roster.” The Packers will now hand over the keys to their season to the former fifth-round pick, quarterback Brett Hundley, who will be making his first career NFL start at home this Sunday versus the New Orleans Saints. Green Bay has also signed backup quarterback Joe Callahan from the practice squad on Monday.
Now that the Packers have lost Rodgers, the NFC North has become the worst division in the NFL. The Vikings share the division lead with the Packers who both have a 4-2 record right now, followed by the Lions at 3-3, and the Bears in last at 2-4. The Vikings lost their young star Dalvin Cook to a ACL tear, and are led by Sam Bradford who is just one play away from hurting his knee again. The Lions defense hasn’t played well at all this season, especially last week after giving up 52 points to the Saints. The Bears are rebuilding after handing the reigns of their offense to the second overall pick, rookie Mitchell Trubisky. The Vikings and Lions will most likely battle it out for the division title.
With the Packers most likely out of the running for the NFC, the Eagles have emerged as the best team in the NFC so far. Sitting at 5-1, they look to take advantage of this and win the NFC, as they have already beaten the Washington Redskins and the Carolina Panthers, two of the nine teams with a winning record in the NFC. The Seahawks and the Falcons who have been powerhouses the past few seasons, haven’t quite lived up to their past and are off to rough starts.
This all being said, there are still 11 weeks left in the regular season. Brett Hundley has been watching and learning from Rodgers since 2015, so I am sure he is a decent player who can lead this offense and make things interesting. It is unfair to already write off the Packers, but Rodgers is the best quarterback in the league, and without him the results will affect the entire NFL.