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Don't Panic! (Yet)


Disclaimer: If this has already been mentioned in any article or comment, and I missed it, I apologize.

As expected, Packer fans the world over are in panic mode now that the worst has happened. There will be someone under center for the next few weeks not named Aaron Rodgers. That panic is perfectly understandable given the circumstances. Allow me to attempt to give at least a glimmer of hope that the Packers can weather the storm.

First of all, below are the stats for Matt Flynn when he entered the Detroit game in 2010 after Rodgers left with a concussion.

15/26 57.6% for 177 yds 6.8 yds/attempt 0 TD's 1 Int - The Packers scored three points that game, with a 42 yard field goal in the 3rd quarter

On 3rd down for the game 2/12 -- Leading receiver - Andrew Quarless Leading Rusher - Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers left game near end of 1st Half

Stats for Seneca Wallace Sunday

11/19 57.8% 119 yds 6.2 yards/attempt 0 TDs 1 Int - Packers scored 17 points after Rodgers left game -- On 3rd down - 1/9

As you can see, there are some similarities between their performances.

Now, on to the reason for hope. As we all know, Matt Flynn followed up this performance with an excellent game against New England. While not guaranteed, I think it is reasonable to think Wallace will play better with a week of preparation as the starter.

Also, this year's team is better equipped to handle Rodgers's absence. Missing Cobb and Finley does not help, but the combination of Eddie Lacy and James Starks is a major improvement over 2010. In addition, I think the defense can and will play better than they did Monday night. Getting Matthews and hopefully Perry back on the field soon should make a big difference.

Finally, at 5-3, the Packers realistically need to win 5 of their 8 remaining games to make the playoffs. For the sake of argument, let us assume Rodgers misses 4 games (Philadelphia, Giants, Vikings, Lions). Each of those four games is a winnable game. They will not be easy wins, but are teams that the Packers can beat if Wallace plays better than awful. Realistically, let us say the Packers win 2 of those 4. The remaining four games with Rodgers back are against the Falcons, the Cowboys, the Steelers, and the Bears. If the Packers have Matthews, Perry, and Cobb healthy again in addition to Rodgers, they should have no trouble winning three of those games to finish 10-6 (or all 4 to go 11-5). I can't guarantee that 10-6 will win the division, or even get a wild-card, but that is where hope comes in.

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