The Minnesota Vikings found out on Tuesday that the Green Bay Packers will be without quarterback Aaron Rodgers when the two teams meet this week.
Thanks to the Atlanta Falcons defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night, the Green Bay Packers will not be participating in the 2017 NFL playoffs when they begin in three weeks. It will be the first time since 2008 that the Packers will not be one of the six NFC teams to play in the postseason.
With their chance for the playoffs now gone after Monday and nothing much left to play for this year, Green Bay decided on Tuesday to place quarterback Aaron Rodgers back on injured reserve. The team obviously felt risking Rodgers’ health this week against a physical Minnesota Vikings defense just was not worth it.
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Especially since the Vikings are the team that already injured the Packers quarterback in their meeting earlier this season.
So instead of Rodgers this week, Minnesota will now have to figure out a way to contain the magic of Green Bay quarterback Brett Hundley. And by figuring out, I mean the Vikings will have to make sure they wake up and catch the bus on time to the stadium on Saturday.
Even with Rodgers not being 100 percent healthy, his experience on the field alone would have certainly been a threat to Minnesota’s chances for a win this week. But now with him not playing, it does not seem crazy to think that the Vikings winning on Saturday looks likely.
Minnesota can use all the advantages they can get this week as they are still attempting to lock up, at the very least, a first-round bye in the upcoming NFC playoffs. The Vikings can clinch a bye as soon as this weekend if they are able to come out of Green Bay on Saturday with a victory and the Carolina Panthers lose their matchup on Sunday to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.