Packers vs. Bears will be a battle of the bruised and battered
I know the Packers play the Vikings this week and we shouldn’t be looking ahead to the Nov. 4 Monday Night Football game against the Bears, but I can’t help myself. The number of talented players that might be watching that game from the sideline or on TV because of injuries is staggering.
Suddenly, the Black and Blue division has turned into the Broken Bones and Torn Ligaments division.
Likely/definitely out for the Packers (and their 2012 stats):
- LB Clay Matthews (43 tackles, 13 sacks)
- WR Randall Cobb (80 catches, 954 yards, 8 TDs)
- TE Jermichael Finley (61 catches, 667 yards, 2 TDs)
Possibly out for the Packers:
- LB Brad Jones (77 tackles, 2 sacks)
- CB Casey Hayward (48 tackles, 6 interceptions)
- WR James Jones (64 catches, 784 yards, 14 TDs)
Likely/definitely out for the Bears:
- QB Jay Cutler (3,033 yards, 19 TDs)
- LB Lance Briggs (102 tackles, 2 interceptions)
- DT Henry Melton (43 tackles, 6 sacks)
Possibly out for the Bears:
- CB Charles Tillman (85 tackles, 10 forced fumbles, 3 interceptions)
Let’s assume all of those players don’t play. Now let’s add up their 2012 numbers and combine them with each player’s 2013 statistics. This is what would be sitting on the sidelines during a marquee Monday Night divisional game.
- 4,691 passing yards
- 67 TDs (31 passing, 31 receiving, 5 defensive)
- 279 catches for 3,432 yards (12.3 ypc)
- 498 tackles
- 28.5 sacks
- 25 forced fumbles
- 5 interceptions
And the NFL wants to add more regular season games, expand the playoffs, and possibly play a doubleheader on Thursday night.
Makes total sense to me.——————