From the Armchair: Green Bay Packers Week 7
It was a pretty impressive showing by the Packers though given how many key players were out. The Packers played without Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, and Casey Hayward on defense. On offense they were down Randall Cobb and James Jones (not to mention Bryan Bulaga and DuJuan Harris who never made it to the regular season). Jarret Boykins filled in at the wide receiver position and put up a 100 yard game. You can argue whether its Mike McCarthy's system or Ted Thompson's scouting (its probably both), but the Packers ability to find wide receivers is extremely impressive. The defense went up against a very bad offense, so it certainly made it easier to play down a few key players.
Aaron Rodgers looked pretty good this week which was good to see. He hasn't looked quite like himself this year yet. The Browns defense is pretty solid so maybe he's back. The running game wasn't as strong this week, but is still looking better than it has in years. The offense looks like it could be pretty damn tough to stop if it can get and stay relatively healthy.
Unfortunately, the healthy part is still not coming easy. Jermichael Finley went down with a pretty nasty neck injury. Andrew Quarless's quote about how the look he saw in Finley's eyes "stuck with him" and his admission to shedding a tear on the field (which, props to Quarless for admitting to human emotions in a at times laughably over the top macho sport) aren't very uplifting. Finley has apparently regained almost all motion, so hopefully at the very least a full recovery is in store.
The Packers move on to play at Minnesota on Sunday Night Football in Week 8. Its hard to know what to expect from Minnesota until we see how Josh Freeman plays tonight for them. This could be a surprisingly tough game. If Minnesota can beat the Giants to close out Week 7, their season's hopes lie on beating the Packers next week so the Vikings could be very motivated. The Packers main goal again is to win and hopefully stay healthy. Its hard to imagine this team going far if the injuries don't stop sometime soon.