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Jennings' return could save Rodgers

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08:04 AM ET 11.27 | Slated to return Sunday, Greg Jennings hadn't really been healthy for nearly a year, dating back to a sprained knee on Dec. 11, 2011. [Jennings' return could] help the Packers' offensive line, which isn't going to get any relief in the form of personnel because starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga isn't coming back this season from his dislocated hip. ... If the return of Jennings can get the quick slant game going again, it could help [Aaron Rodgers] get the ball out faster, which could negate some of the pass rush. Rodgers has been sacked 37 times in the first 11 games and is on pace to be sacked more than he was in 2009, when he was sacked 50 times, the most any single quarterback has been sacked in one season in team history.

Green Bay Press Gazette

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November 27, 2012  08:13 AM ET

They could use that long-haired dude from the commercials more.

November 27, 2012  08:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

They could use that long-haired dude from the commercials more.

At this point they could use the discount double-check guy.

November 27, 2012  08:36 AM ET

Maybe Jesus can save Aaron...

November 27, 2012  08:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

At this point they could use the discount double-check guy.

They could probably even use the guy wearing the cheese head.

November 27, 2012  08:47 AM ET

The Packers are 2-4 against teams with winning records.

November 27, 2012  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

The Packers are 2-4 against teams with winning records.

Someone needs to share that stat with the "experts" as ESPN. According to them, dominating bad teams re-establishes the Packers as NFC contenders.

November 27, 2012  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Maybe Jesus can save Aaron...

This is what happens when you have 8 starters on IR.

November 27, 2012  09:46 AM ET

Unless Jennings is going to play WR/OT then he cant save AR-12....only pass protection will

November 27, 2012  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Someone needs to share that stat with the "experts" as ESPN. According to them, dominating bad teams re-establishes the Packers as NFC contenders.

I'm as big a Packer fan as anybody but I'm not delusional enough to consider them a contender. They may win enough to get into the playoffs but if their O line and entire D don't significantly pick up their games the Pack is 1 and done. The only way they go deep is if they happen to get hot at the right time like they did 2 years ago or the Giants did last year.

November 27, 2012  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Maybe Jesus can save Aaron...

I think he's busy with Tebow.

November 27, 2012  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I'm as big a Packer fan as anybody but I'm not delusional enough to consider them a contender. They may win enough to get into the playoffs but if their O line and entire D don't significantly pick up their games the Pack is 1 and done. The only way they go deep is if they happen to get hot at the right time like they did 2 years ago or the Giants did last year.

Injuries often dictate how a team does.

November 27, 2012  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

The Packers are 2-4 against teams with winning records.

The Packers have been struggling all year even against teams with losing records.

November 27, 2012  10:20 AM ET

"If the return of Jennings can get the quick slant game going again ..."

So Jennings is the only Packer receiver who can run a slant? No wonder the Giants killed them.

November 27, 2012  10:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Someone needs to share that stat with the "experts" as ESPN. According to them, dominating bad teams re-establishes the Packers as NFC contenders.

The same could be said of the Bears.

November 27, 2012  10:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

The same could be said of the Bears.

The Packers and Bears are on life support.

November 27, 2012  10:52 AM ET

What is really criminal about Green Bay is how little protection they give their most precious commodity in Green Bay- Aaron Rodgers. Whatever success they have comes from Rodgers, the defense is mediocre at best and their offensive line is poor, they don't pass protect very well and they do not open up holes for RB's, RB position is something that is also a major weakness for Green Bay.

November 27, 2012  10:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

The Packers and Bears are on life support.

Much like the NFC East, somebody has to win that division.

November 27, 2012  11:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

They could use that long-haired dude from the commercials more.

~ Chris Jericho ~

 
November 27, 2012  11:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

The only way they go deep is if they happen to get hot at the right time like they did 2 years ago or the Giants did last year.

1) Falcons
2) 49ers
3) Giants
4) Bears
5) Packers
6) [Team 6]

Under a scenario such as this, the Bears and Packers would play eachother in the Wildcard round then likely play the Falcons in the divisional round. This leaves the 49ers and Giants, the two NFC teams that can most take advantage of a weak offensive line, to duke it out in the divisional round.

Despite their obvious offensive line and injury problems, both the Packers and Bears still have a good shot at the NFC Championship game. When you get there, anything can happen.

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