Just when it looked like things were going so well for the Green Bay Packers. Aaron Rodgers and the offense was sailing and the team was coming off one of the biggest winners of the season. Then it happened Thursday. The Packers were given terrible news and Rodgers said he was still in a “sad process.”
The Packers have their eyes on the Super Bowl
The Green Bay Packers (12-3) have won five straight games and seven of their last eight. They are in the driver’s seat for the right of home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. A win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday would make it. The Packers could hold on to the top seed even if they lost the Bears, while the San Francisco 49ers would beat the Seattle Seahawks.
Aaron Rodgers has been on roll for the Packers. The two-time MVP is a top contender to win his third this season. Rodgers has thrown at least three round passes in five of his last six games. He has completed better than 70% of his passes this year.
Rodgers leads the league with 44 passes. He has thrown just five interceptions. A week ago, they outscored the Tennessee Titans 40-14 in a game where Rodgers completed 84% of his passes and threw four laps. It would be difficult to beat Green Bay while playing at Lambeau Field in January.
Green Bay is getting devastating news about David Bakhtiari
During Thursday ‘s practice in preparation for Sunday’ s main game against rival Chicago Bears, the Green Bay Packers I received sad news. David Bakhtiari, the Packers ’left tack and perhaps the NFL’s best, went down with a knee injury. On Friday, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur confirmed that Bakhtiari will miss the rest of the season with an ACL injury.
According to ESPN, more tests will be needed to determine the extent of the damage, but sources have told the network that it appears to have been a torn ACL. LaFleur said it happened during the practice Thursday and Bakhtiari went down during a non-communication drill. LaFleur called it a “freaky deal”.
The injury comes six weeks after Bakhtiari signed a contract extension with the club. The Packers added the left-wing machine to a four-year, $ 103.5 million expansion. The deal could be worth $ 105.5 million with incentives. Bakhtiari is not only the highest paid linebacker in the NFL, but he is also the highest paid linebacker in the history of the game.
Aaron Rodgers is still lamenting the Bakhtiari news
Not only is David Bakhtiari a team player of Aaron Rodgers, but the two are also close friends. Bakhtiari is a Rodgers defender on the field and the Green Bay quarterback was struggling when he heard the news that Bakhtiari had been lost for the season. Rodgers was hoping for the best position after practice Thursday.
“I got a call from him yesterday, late afternoon,” Rodgers said Friday, according to ESPN. “I was hoping for some good news. I didn’t. You have to move on, but for now it’s still a bit raw. We are still sad and hurt for Dave, just because he is our brother and he is our left tack, our team. It’s been a difficult time for us and at times it may be owned by Infinity right now. Rodgers said he was “in the process of grieving.” ”
The Packers must find a way to push through without Bakhtiari. Winning Sunday will give them a blessing and another week off to see some of the things. Hitting the Chicago Bears will not bring back Bakhtiari, but it will take the Packers home field throughout the NFC playoffs and help reduce the blow a bit.