Christian Ponder? Matt Cassel? Josh Freeman? A robot created by Rick Spielman in his own personal mad scientist lab? I have no idea who will be playing quarterback for the Vikings October 27 when the Packers come to the Metrodome for the final time in the history of the world. But whichever of those guys ends up playing that night will catch a big break, because the Packers will be without their only consistent pass rusher, Clay Matthews.
As you know if you watched Sunday’s game, Matthews had to leave in the second half after injuring his thumb. Turns out Matthews broke the thumb and according to Adam Schefter he will miss at least a month. So unless Claymaker makes an unexpectedly quick recovery, he won’t be available for that Sunday night game on the 27th. And there isn’t one single Viking fan who will shed a tear for him.
This is becoming kind of a yearly thing for the Packers, defensive injuries piling up on them. In Sunday’s game alone they lost three linebackers, Claymaker plus their two inside guys Brad Jones and Rob Francois. Of course the Packers always seem to find a way to overcome all these injuries by just plugging more guys into those spots. Matthews however is a different deal. What he brings to the team can’t be so easily replaced. He is the one defensive player I don’t believe they can afford to lose.
With Matthews on the shelf, the Vikes will have a nice shot to beat the Pack at home, whoever is playing quarterback. Oh and by the way, that guy Adrian Peterson knows how to handle the Packer defense. He only ran for about 4,000 yards against them last year.