Packers can win despite potential losses
October, 14, 2013
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com
AP Photo, USA Today Sports ImagesWith Randall Cobb (left) and James Jones (right) hurt, Eddie Lacy may need to carry the load.
During a key third-and-6 play at Baltimore in Week 6, Green Bay Packers rookie Eddie Lacy missed his block in blitz pickup. As a result, quarterback Aaron Rodgers had to improvise, and fast. Rodgers escaped a collapsing pocket and ran for 12 yards. Instead of having to punt on the next play, the Packers had a first down and ended up completing a 64-yard touchdown pass to break open a close game.
So much is possible when Rodgers is your quarterback, but every QB has limits. Rodgers moved closer to his limits Sunday when the Packers lost receivers Randall Cobb and James Jones to leg injuries. Green Bay gutted out a 19-17 victory anyway, leaning hard on its defense and getting key contributions from Lacy in the running game. But if those injuries to Jones and Cobb end up being significant, life is going to change for the Packers.
The Packers showed Sunday they could adapt on the fly and win. A look into their history under coach Mike McCarthy offers a glimpse into how Green Bay might proceed, and what the Packers' prospects might look like if diminished at wide receiver. Forget about survival of the fittest. Injuries in Green Bay and around the league this season are turning into a battle for survival, period. The Packers aren't so bad in that context, particularly with early indications suggesting Cobb avoided serious injury.