Packers lose Finley for three weeks

There is no question that the NFC North division is amongst the most competitive divisions in the NFL today with some of very talented quarterbacks leading the way for teams, but this season the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers have gotten off to a rough start and have failed to live up to expectations.

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Not only have the Packers and the Vikings lost some very winnable games early in the season, but they just haven’t looked like the Super Bowl title contending teams everyone thought they were going to be and after Week 5’s loss to the Washington Redskins, the Green Bay Packers might have to start mixing things up in order to be considered a serious threat to the Chicago Bears (4-1) in the NFC North.

Heading into Week 5’s matchup with Donovan McNabb and the Washington Redskins, the Green Bay Packers were thought to get back on track and get a solid win over a very good team coached by two-time Super Bowl champion Mike Shanahan, but that just wasn’t the case as the cheese heads looked very sloppy on both sides of the football and couldn’t seal the deal in overtime ultimately losing 16-13.

Obviously, the Packers had plenty of opportunities to win this game as they were able to take the Redskins into overtime, but they just weren’t able to capitalize and put this game behind them as Aaron Rodgers suffered a concussion and tight end Jermichael Finley went down with a knee injury. Not only will Finley’s knee require surgery, but the Packers will be without arguably their best receiver for up to three weeks.

Along with Finley watching from the sidelines over the next three weeks, the Green Bay Packers could also be without perennial Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers as he deals with a concussion that might keep him out next week’s game against the Miami Dolphins.

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Needless to say, the Green Bay Packers are in some hot water right now as they try and pick up the pieces in order to get back into contention in the NFC North division. If they can’t find a way to get some wins with Rodgers and Finley over the next few weeks, they could be in trouble as the Chicago Bears aren’t showing signs of slowing down and the Minnesota Vikings might be able to turn their season around after adding superstar wide receiver Randy Moss to Brett Favre’s offensive arsenal.

Anything can happen from here on out as it is still very early in the season, but with costly injuries and a Super Bowl title contender not playing up to their potential, the Packers could be in for a long season of disappointment as they might be in danger of missing the playoffs completely.

Personally, I believe if Finley and Rodgers can get back healthy and this team can start to come together, they have a great shot at getting back into the playoffs, but if not, they might see both the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears heading into the postseason.

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