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Will Mike McCarthy have Suitors if the Green Bay Packers Fire Him?

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When a man’s career head coaching record is 108-59-1 (winning percentage of .646), and achievements also include three NFC Championship appearances and a Super Bowl victory, no one would never think that everyone, including management, would put him on the hot seat. None of us truly know if the Green Bay Packers and their top executives, general manager Ted Thompson and team president Mark Murphy, have done that to head coach Mike McCarthy. Except, public pressure can play a role in one’s exit when expectations are below the fans and media’s standards.

Fans in Green Bay and others watching the Pack usually have this annual belief that the team is always Super Bowl bound considering that the team has what is arguably the NFL’s best quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. Also, the saying “You can’t win without a quarterback” is figuratively tattooed on their and others’ arms, legs, and other parts better off hidden. Because the Packers have Aaron and a ring with him, it grants them and the fans a championship birthright, even though things like special teams blunders can kill the chances of getting rings.

I wonder where I have seen such a moment take place.

Since that moment and the end of the 2014 NFC Championship loss to the Seattle Seahawks, it seems to have gone all downhill according to Green Bay’s level of standards. The passing game’s deadliness has jumped the shark, running game is covered in cheese and getting cleaned up by a wide receiver; and, based on Thompson’s need to make free agency about age and overconfident recyclability, almost no one familiar or talented stays on defense anymore.

All of that combined with losing in the playoffs to the Arizona Cardinals in a 2015 Divisional Round overtime game has made the fans sour on McCarthy to where an overweight Eddie Lacy gets a pass for his weight when (with all due respect) a heavy-looking McCarthy talks about it.

The Packers under McCarthy are currently 4-4 after coming off an unexpected loss to the 4-5 AFC South mediocrity-dwelling Indianapolis Colts, and a loss to the Tennessee Titans could mean the beginning of his end. Most likely, it will make the Packers admirers relieved of what they feel is the abyss considering that many use his record without Rodgers in 2013 (2-4-1) against him.

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Photo by USA Today

But in fairness to McCarthy, despite him being viewed as a bum that is riding on the coattails of the NFL’s arguably best quarterback, he has done things that show that he has coaching value.

In 2006, one season after Brett Favre threw twenty touchdowns versus twenty-nine interceptions McCarthy coached him to improve his ratio by throwing eighteen versus eighteen. A season later, Favre under his watch was the runner-up to Tom Brady in the MVP race by passing for twenty-eight touchdowns versus fifteen interceptions.

McCarthy also helped Rodgers grow by being his teacher while his throwing ineptness was evident. In his first five games, Rodgers completed 48.4 percent of his thirty-one passes for 111 yards and zero touchdowns versus one interception. When his coming out party debuted against the Dallas Cowboys as a substitute for an injured Favre on November 29, 2007, he completed 69.2 percent of his 26 passes for 201 yards and one touchdown versus no interceptions.

Unfortunately, history is translation for forgettable, and when there are fans that fail to remember about Favre betraying his Packers allegiance by becoming a Minnesota Viking, Rodgers’ early struggles, or the early bright spots of McCarthy, let alone Mike Holmgren, the saying could never be truer.

Except, if the Packers fire McCarthy barring a trip to the NFC Championship, he will look like a hot coaching commodity considering that Super Bowl winning coaches do not grow on trees. At least two jobs will open up at year’s end, and even if you are no fan of his, you definitely would care if McCarthy took a bad job.

Take a look at Hue Jackson. As a hot commodity due to his success as the Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator and many retrospectively respecting his past work in Oakland, many were befuddled by his arrival to Cleveland.

In a September 2016 tweet, NFL Network analyst Brian Billick asked people to “[Look] at the [Cleveland Browns] schedule [and] find a single win. [They] can’t do it!” Tragically, losing and incidents of instability have trashed the Browns branding, to say the least, and, even McCarthy’s deterrents would feel that he has too many accomplishments to take a similar job.

Ideally, he would have to take a job like the 2007 Pittsburgh Steelers, a team Mike Tomlin inherited when he got his first head coaching job. An organization with a roster one calendar year removed from a Super Bowl win would be a coaching prospect’s dream, but such circumstances rarely come around. If he were to take one after a team cleaned house, it would have to come with the following: highly available draft choices, a roster with a few holes, personnel executive competence of his or the owner’s choice, and a chance to make the playoffs. Based on all the potentially available jobs, there may be little to choose from.

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Pros: A bad division for easy playoff entry (AFC South), a competent eye for draft talent, general manager Dave Caldwell, and no lost draft picks in blockbuster trades.
  • Cons: Inconsistency at quarterback, running back, and offensive line and a defense that allows 26.9 points per game (2.29 points per drive) and 5.0 yards per play.

Tennessee Titans

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Photo by Cleveland.com

  • Pros: A bad division for easy playoff entry (AFC South), the Green Bay zone-blitz run by Dick LeBeau, a new good eye for draft talent, John Robinson, gained draft picks from the Los Angeles Rams in a trade for Jared Goff, and a franchise quarterback, running back, and offensive line.
  • Cons: Ineptitude on defense (linebacker and safety) and at wide receiver outside of Rishard Matthews.

Cleveland Browns

  • Pros: An abundance of draft picks from the Philadelphia Eagles in the trade for Carson Wentz.
  • Cons: The AFC North, unproven executives, unstable ownership with little patience, and nonexistent talent with the exception of a few positions.

Buffalo Bills

  • Pros: A supportive ownership with a talented defense, able running backs, and an adequate but entertaining quarterback.
  • Cons: The Patriots rule the AFC East and the playoff drought since The Music City Miracle.

New York Jets

  • Pros: He can wear green again.
  • Cons: They’re the Jets! Only that organization can tease fans with figurative band-aids like Darrelle Revis, Brandon Marshall, and Ryan Fitzpatrick after its owner, Woody Johnson, frames his team based on what his company (Johnson & Johnson) specializes in, band-aids.

Los Angeles Rams

  • Pros: A defense that allows 20.9 points per game (1.82 points per drive).
  • Cons: The NFC West, an unready, unproven quarterback, a pass rush that averages just 2.1 sacks per game, lost draft picks for Goff, only two competent skill position players (Kenny Britt and Todd Gurley), and a poor offensive line.

Detroit Lions

  • Pros: A lethal quarterback-wide receiver trio (Matthew Stafford, Golden Tate, and Marvin Jones) with a front office led by emerging newcomer Bob Quinn.
  • Cons: The NFC North, an inconsistent running game and defense, and the disadvantage of not playing outdoors.

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Pros: A decent quarterback-wide receiver tandem (Andy Dalton and A.J. Green) with a running game made stable by a healthy Jeremy Hill, playoff experience, and a proven front office led by Duke Tobin.
  • Cons: The AFC North, an aging and inept secondary, underachievement at linebacker, no complement to Green, and a failure to win a playoff game since 1990.

Sit Out

  • Pros: He can spend more time with his family and learn about more new-aged offenses while being paid by the Packers till the reported end of the 2018 season.
  • Cons: Less relevance as a future candidate and increased chances of seeing worse jobs open.

I am the last guy who wants to defend a coach and act condescending to a fanbase by telling it to appreciate him because it will never have a coach that close to him. Frankly, I do believe that most coaches have shelf lives because they are tuned out, have deteriorating organizational relationships, and run out of ideas. However, people watching the Pack must realize that is easier to fire someone than finding a replacement. Plus, it would be a stupid idea to think that McCarthy cannot help a team.

When he has helped the quarterbacks listed above and aided in the successes of Aaron Brooks as a quarterback in New Orleans and a struggling Stanford’s wide receiver’s (Ty Montgomery) transition to running back, it is obvious that he can be a good coach. If he has to change things, having offensive coaches that know different schemes and can add diversity to his playbook and a new defensive coordinator can give him new life as not all playbooks and schemes match every roster.

Still, yet to be determined is the Packers playoff fate as they are still alive to not only be a wildcard but win the NFC North. If the team coughs up games the way it did to opponents that it should have beaten, McCarthy may have plenty of good options to choose from. He could help his new team the way Andy Reid and Bruce Arians have respectively helped the Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals and thus sustain his coaching success.

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2018 Opponents Set For Each NFL Team

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Now that the 2017 regular season in the books, it’s time to look forward to the 2018 season right?

Just like eating at some of the top restaurants in the nation, it’s good to know what’s on your plate next, regardless of how far away you are from your next dish.

Here is the rundown of the opponents for each NFL team in 2018:

AFC EAST

 

New England Patriots
Home: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings
Away: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans

Buffalo Bills
Home: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee Titans
Away: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings

Miami Dolphins
Home: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans
Away: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings

New York Jets
Home: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings
Away: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans

AFC NORTH

 

Pittsburgh Steelers
Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New England Patriots
Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Baltimore Ravens
Home: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Away: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee Titans

Cincinnati Bengals
Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers

Cleveland Browns
Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New York Jets
Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

AFC SOUTH

 

Jacksonville Jaguars
Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins
Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants

Tennessee Titans
Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins
Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Chargers, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants

Indianapolis Colts
Home: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants
Away: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

Houston Texans
Home: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants
Away: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

AFC WEST

 

Kansas City Chiefs
Home: Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Francisco 49ers
Away: Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks

Los Angeles Chargers
Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans
Away: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks

Oakland Raiders
Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks
Away: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers

Denver Broncos
Home: Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks
Away: Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers

NFC EAST

 

Philadelphia Eagles
Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings
Away: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans

Dallas Cowboys
Home: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans
Away: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks

Washington Redskins
Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts
Away: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans

New York Giants
Home: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans
Away: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers

NFC NORTH

 

Minnesota Vikings
Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers
Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks

Detroit Lions
Home: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks
Away: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers

Green Bay Packers
Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers
Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins

Chicago Bears
Home: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Away: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers

NFC SOUTH

 

New Orleans Saints
Home: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins
Away: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants

Carolina Panthers
Home: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks
Away: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins

Atlanta Falcons
Home: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants
Away: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Home: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins
Away: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants

NFC WEST

 

Los Angeles Rams
Home: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles
Away: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders

Seattle Seahawks
Home: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings
Away: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders

Arizona Cardinals
Home: Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins
Away: Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings

San Francisco 49ers
Home: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders
Away: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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NFL Community Remembers Former NFL Wide Receiver Terry Glenn

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Terry Glenn

Terry GlennOn Monday, the NFL community lost a Super Bowl athlete. On a highway in Arlington, Texas, Terry Glenn and his Fiance were in the car when Glenn hit the concrete guardrail dividing the toll road and the highway. Then other cars crashed behind him causing a five-car pileup. When the Emergency Medical Team (EMT) arrived on the scene, they transported to Parkland Hospital in Dallas where around 1:00 am he was pronounced dead.

In 1996, Terry Gleen started his football career with the New England Patriots. With the 7th overall pick in the draft, the Patriots took him. Gleen played five seasons with the New England Patriots and even won the Super Bowl.

After the 2001 season, the Patriots cut Terry Glenn and told him he was going to be cut.

Shortly, after he was waived the Green Bay Packers during the 2002 season.

Finally, he went to the Dallas Cowboys from 2003-2007.

After the 2007 season with Dallas, Glenn decided to walk away from the game. When he did, he had some incredible numbers. In his career, he accumulated over 8,000 yards, 44 yards in 157 games he played. During his retirement, Gleen had substance abuse problems that lasted several years.

From everyone here at Sports Rants are hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends for this difficult loss. Terry Glenn was 43 years old.

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Aaron Rodgers Carted Off Field vs. Vikings, May Miss Rest of Season

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Down in Minneapolis, Minnesota, an NFC North battle was underway. On the Minnesota Vikings first possession, they scored the first touchdown of the game. Then the Packers came onto the field. Early on, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was teaching the Vikings’ a thing or two when on a 2nd and 9 at the Packers’ 39-yard line, Rodgers was part of a defense sandwich. When looking at the replay, it shows one of the Minnesota Vikings defenders laying on top of Aaron Rodgers’ clavicle

Before getting carted off the field, Rodgers was doing well. He went for 2-4, 18 yards. In Rodgers place was quarterback Brett Hundley. When he was inserted into the game, he went for 18-33, 157 yards, TD, 3 INT.

According to many sources around the National Football League, Rodgers maybe missing the remainder of the 2017 season. But, this is not the first time Aaron Rodgers has had a clavicle injury. During the 2012 season, he had the same injury and only missed about seven weeks.

Aaron Rodgers Injury is just the latest player going down. As for the team itself, it will be a struggle just to get a win. When Aaron Rodgers is out on the field, the Green Bay Packers are 42-19. However, when he’s not on the field, the Packers are just a measly 2-8-1.

Heading down the home stretch of the 2017 regular season, the Green Bay Packers still have the New Orleans Saints, who just put 50+ points on the board against Detroit. After the saints, they get a well-needed bye week before they face Matthew Staford and the Detroit Lions. Minus the Week 14 matchup against the Cleveland Browns, the Green Bay Packers have to face the Lions one more time, the Bears again, and they also have to face the Steelers, Ravens, Buccaneers, and the Carolina Panthers.

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