By Simon Peach
Aaron Rodgers could be facing the San Francisco 49ers in December
Gone are the shining days of Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, no matter how much they try to tell us otherwise.
An an unexpected defeat by the Atlanta Falcons in a game that offered little hope of Rodgers returning to his feared best was a major blow to their hopes of finishing inside the top-two of the NFC North.
Green Bay are now two wins behind the division leaders and are seven points adrift of the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC wildcard picture with a game in hand.
But with Rodgers on the wane, his chances of returning to the form that has seen him named NFL MVP in each of the past four seasons are decreasing by the day.
The Packers’ high-powered offence is now largely being be powered by their running game, with the emergence of second-year back Ty Montgomery marking him out as a particular threat.
Quarterback Brett Hundley, however, lacks an identity and Green Bay could struggle to win many matches in the remaining weeks, starting with Sunday’s game at the Detroit Lions.
At the very least, Hundley is expected to be the man for the remainder of the season, at least if Rodgers is anything to go by.
“It’s not his fault, but certainly [the running game] has not been as strong as it should be,” Rodgers said after losing to Atlanta on Monday.
“That is part of our identity, where our ball club [is]. The passing game can keep it going and we will be better in the passing game. We can’t do much worse on our offensive line.
“You can’t get outworked, so we will correct it. It’s just unfortunate that we have to do that now, but we will.”