Posted on October 15, 2017, by Travis Pulver
Green Bay Packers fans felt pretty good about their team as it took the field Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Yes, their team has things it can do better. As long as they had Aaron Rodgers lining up at quarterback, they had a shot to win.
But now he will probably not line up at quarterback for the rest of the season.
About midway through the first quarter, Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr took Rodgers down hard as he tried to roll out. It didn’t look good as it happened and Rodgers had to leave the game. Sure enough, the bad news eventually got worse when the team announced that Rodgers had suffered a broken collarbone.
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Barr would later be ruled out of the game with a concussion.
Green Bay has survived an Aaron Rodgers broken collarbone in the past. It happened four years ago and caused him to miss seven games. He ended up returning in the season finale and helped the team win the division. But it is going to be harder to return that quickly this time. Back then, the injury was on his left side.
This time it’s his throwing shoulder.
Whether he’s out for the entire season or the next two months, he was definitely out the rest of the game Sunday.
In came former UCLA quarterback, Brett Hundley. When he has played, he hasn’t been too impressive. By the end of the day, he didn’t do much to instill confidence in anyone for the future. Hundley finished the day 18-33 for 157 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions (and was sacked four times).
The Packers rely on their passing game to open up the offense and help the running game. Without the threat of a passing game anymore, the Vikings defense has little trouble controlling the Green Bay run game. Aaron Jones was held to just 41 yards on 13 carries. Ty Montgomery returned to the lineup but wasn’t good for much either (10 carries, 28 yards).
Case Keenum got the start again for the Vikings. He didn’t have a stellar day (24-38 for 239 yards, one touchdown, one interception), but continues to do enough to put the Vikings in a position to win. Jerick McKinnon helped out by pacing the running game with 16 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown (also had five receptions for 30 yards and a touchdown).
A fumble by McKinnon in the first half set the Packers up for their only touchdown of the game, a 14-yard pass from Hundley to Davante Adams. It tied the score up at 7-7. But the Vikings responded with a touchdown drive of their own. It was an eight-play, 84-yard effort that McKinnon capped off with a three-yard for the score.
Minnesota would go on to win, 23-10.
With the win, the Vikings are on top and essentially in control of the NFC North with a 4-2 record. But with ten games to go, it is still anyone’s division to win (yes, even the Bears). They hold the tiebreaker advantage over the Packers (should Green Bay remain competitive). But the Lions currently hold the advantage over them.
Chicago has only two wins to their name, but if Mitchell Trubisky can find his groove, the Bears are still in a position to make some noise (for now).
Minnesota will try to keep it going next week when they face the Baltimore Ravens. Green Bay will face the New Orleans Saints.