One of the great things about working at Inside The Iggles, and the Fansided Sports Network, is our access to different experts. Since our network has a site for every NFL team, I’d thought I’d get an insider’s take on the upcoming Philadelphia Eagles vs. Green Bay Packers game from “behind enemy lines”. Therefore, I present these six in-depth questions with a staff writer of our Packers’ site, Lombardiave.com, Dan Dahlke.
Nov 4, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) walks off the field after the Chicago Bears beat the Green Bay Packers 27-20 at Lambeau Field. Rodgers left the game early in the 1st quarter with a left shoulder injury. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
1) Given the devastating loss of Aaron Rodgers what chance do you give the Packers of winning the NFC North? If you don’t think they will win the NFC North, who would be your pick?
DD: It all really depends on how long Rodgers will be out with the fractured collarbone. Some are reporting three weeks, while other sources have said 4-6 weeks. Coach McCarthy and the Packers have only disclosed that Rodgers will be week-to-week and there is no specific timetable for his return. At this point, it’s hard to tell when Rodgers will return. If Green Bay has to play without Rodgers for about four weeks or more, I don’t think they’ll stay on top of the NFC North. Currently, the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions are tied with them at 5-3, and both teams look like pretty good ball clubs this season. My hope is that the Packers can at least manage a couple of wins without Rodgers. That way, they can stay in the the playoff hunt and make a run in December when Rodgers will most likely return.
Even without Rodgers, the Packers have plenty of talent to stay competitive, but having said that, you can’t replace a MVP quarterback. It will be better for them to get him back sooner rather than later, obviously. If Green Bay doesn’t keep pace in the division, I think Detroit, with a healthy Calvin Johnson, will take the NFC North this season. I’m just not a big believer in Jay Cutler and the shaky Chicago Bears defense.