The first half of the season has come and gone for the Green Bay Packers and the bye week could not have come at a better time.
The Packers have won their last four games but are dealing with an injury epidemic that goes beyond even what they faced in 2010 when they overcame the loss of 15 players to injured reserve and won their fourth Super Bowl title.
Could a similar fate be in store for the 2012 Packers? That remains to be seen. The Packers are only one game behind the Chicago Bears for first place in the NFC North and with five of their six division games remaining, all of the Packers’ goals for the year are still very much within reach.
Before we look ahead, let’s take one last look back at the good and the bad of the Packers’ first nine games of 2012.
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QB Aaron Rodgers
Something definitely is wrong with Rodgers.
OK, I can’t even TYPE that with a straight face.
After an alleged “poor” start to the season, Rodgers has returned to his MVP form throwing 15 touchdowns to just one interception in the Packers’ four game winning streak. Rodgers currently is on pace for 44 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Look just like MVP numbers to me.
What’s remarkable is that he hasn’t missed a beat without his two best receivers in Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson. The Packers have an embarrassment of riches at the wide receiver position and with no running game and lackluster play from their starting tight end in Jermichael Finley, it’s remarkable the numbers Rodgers puts up week in and week out.
Look for more of the same in the second half of the season, especially when Nelson is healthy, as Rodgers very well could win his second consecutive NFL MVP award.
WR Randall Cobb