By now, we know all about last Sunday. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was carted off before halftime against the Chicago Bears. Then in the second half, returned to lead them back from 20-0 deficit. Ultimately the Packers won 24-23, getting another big win over their biggest rival.
However, Rodgers didn’t look right for most of the half. He couldn’t firmly plant his leg or step into throws. He couldn’t even scramble out of the pocket.
But all week, the Packers would play coy. Following Sunday’s win, Rodgers would express his desire to play against Minnesota. He wants to. He says he will. And now we officially know whether or not it’ll happen. The answer? Well, it might. Rodgers is officially questionable for Green Bay’s contest against the Minnesota Vikings, reports The Athletic’s Michael Cohen.
“Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is officially questionable for Sunday’s game against the Vikings.”
Last season, Anthony Barr took Rodgers out with a shoulder injury in Week 6. That injury would limit him to seven games. Thus, the Packers didn’t make the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Even if they have their two-time MVP signal-caller under center, the Vikings are favorites for a reason. Yet they’re only one- or two-point favorites depending on where you look.
In 2017, Minnesota finished with the best defense in the league. They fell just one win short of a Super Bowl appearance in their own stadium. Now they have Kirk Cousins under contract (and under center) for the next three seasons. The power shift in the NFC North is unfolding right before our very eyes.
And yet if Rodgers is healthy, you never really know. In 19 games against the Vikings, he holds a 12-7 record. He’s completing 68.2% of his passes en route to 4,571 yards, 39 touchdowns and just six interceptions. That’s good for a passer rating of 111.7. But the Vikings are going to get after him on Sunday.
Something tells us Rodgers wouldn’t want it any other way.