Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers had big plans coming into this season. Aided by a third-place schedule for only the second time in the Rodgers era, they expected to run away with the NFC North.
But a knee injury to Rodgers, infighting between Rodgers and Mike McCarthy, and a really bad idea by a now ex-Packer turned their first half into a nightmare.
Even the Dolphins have a better record than the Packers, and they are playing without their starting quarterback. Adam Gase has his team in the AFC wild-card hunt despite a few key injuries and predictions of gloom.
You can’t really say the backup quarterback had much to do with last week’s 13-6 victory against the Jets. The only touchdown of the game was on a pick-six by the Dolphins defense on a muddy and ripped upfield.
But Brock Osweiler pulled off a big upset three weeks ago and put up a decent stat line in Week 8, too. Kenyan Drake shrugged off a slow start and kicked it into gear after the ageless Frank Gore showed him how to run behind the Miami front line.
Miami’s defense is the main reason they are a winning club, especially their pass defense. But can they keep it up against an angry Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay?
Injuries and notes
Ryan Tannehill threw a football this week but is not expected to start against the Packers.
Miami had two offensive tackles go down in the mud last week. Ja’Wuan James strained a patellar tendon and could miss a game. Larry Tonsil reports his injury is “nothing serious” and should play.
Green Bay put second-year wide receiver Geronimo Allison on injured reserve with a groin injury. Rookie Marquez Valdez-Scantling already saw more action than Randall Cobb last week, so we’ll call him the WR-2 going forward.
Offensive tackle Brian Bulaga got some limited practice time in and should suit up.
Green Bay cut Jermaine Whitehead after he got tossed from last week’s loss in New England for slapping a player in retaliation.
Green Bay could also be without cornerback Kevin King (hamstring) and linebacker Blake Martinez (high ankle sprain).
Mike McCarthy will see the man who hired him entered into the Packers Hall of Fame this week. If the Packers don’t turn this season around, McCarthy may be looking for another GM to hire him to come 2019.
But the Packers have an easier schedule on paper in the second half. In a very tight NFC North, they could easily make a run at the leaders and put McCarthy in the team’s Hall of Fame someday.
The future of Adam Gase and Ryan Tannehill is supposed to be linked. But if Gase can continue to win games with Osweiler at quarterback, one of them might be back in 2019 after all.
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Who will win the Packers-Dolphins game?
It has been a dreadful season so far for the Green Bay Packers, but at least they haven’t lost a home game yet. That trend will continue this week, despite the hype from Adam Gase and his upstart Dolphins.