When Aaron Rodgers stood at his locker on Nov. 23 and said he felt the struggling Green Bay Packers, at 4-6 and on a four-game losing streak, could “run the table,” many heard it as a prediction.
But it was much more than that to Green Bay’s quarterback.
Authentic Youth Kevin Pierre-Louis Jersey Here are the Packers now, at 8-6 and in control of their own playoff possibilities — beat the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday and the Detroit Lions the following Sunday, and they’ll win the NFC North — and it’s clear Rodgers’ comment was more than just some pie-in-the-sky remark.
“It was a feeling; I just felt that our team had it inside of us,” Rodgers said this week. “Obviously it’s a leap of faith, but also a feeling based on seeing these guys every single day, understanding how close I felt like we were to being a better offense.
Jeff Carter Elite Jersey LT Joe Staley has been out the past two weeks with a hamstring injury, leaving the Niners to play musical chairs on the offensive line. Staley’s status is again uncertain this week and though the Rams are without Robert Quinn, it would still help settle things down if he could get back in the mix.
Punter Jon Ryan is undergoing concussion protocol and was a limited practice participant on Wednesday. Ryan went down when the Seahawks called a fake punt in the fourth quarter of last week’s game, despite holding a 24-3 lead. Pete Carroll said different players such as Russell Wilson and Jermaine Kearse have volunteered to punt if Ryan is unavailable.
“I used to punt back in high school. Just in case,” Wilson said. “And if they try to blitz, I can just throw it so it works out just fine.”
Greg Olsen has an elbow injury that shouldn’t keep him from playing. He needs eight yards to become the first tight end to have three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons. Outside of him, the Panthers are as healthy as they have been in months.