The Green Bay Packers are getting healthy at the right time, and that’s bad news for Chicago Bears.
The two teams will meet this Sunday with the NFC North and a spot in the playoffs on the line, and the big news is that Aaron Rodgers will be making his return for Green Bay.
That’s right folks, Rodgers will be suiting up for the green and gold and he is expected to start. He’s arguably the best quarterback in the NFL and the Packers have not been the same without him.
One would assume that Green Bay’s offense will receive a huge shot in the arm with him back in the lineup, but even if he does need to shake off some rust, the Packers can still rely on their new and improved running game.
That running game was somewhat in question with Eddie Lacy leaving last weekend’s game with the Steelers with an ankle injury, but according to head coach Mike McCarthy, via Mike Wilkening of ProFootballTalk.com, Lacy is expected to play against the Bears:
“I feel Eddie’s in a good place,” McCarthy said at his Thursday press conference. . . . I expect him to play.”
McCarthy said that Lacy would not have to practice on Friday to play, but the Packers’ coach indicated he believed Lacy would participate in the club’s final major workout tomorrow.
Lacy has been the star of this Packers’ offense since Rodgers went down, and the case could be made that he’s one of the best running backs in the NFL this season.
In just his rookie year, Lacy has rushed for 1,112 yards and 10 touchdowns, and he’s easily the best running back the Packers have had since Ahman Green, at least.
With Lacy and Rodgers both in together and the potential of a return from Randall Cobb, could this Packers team begin to look like a contender if they do make the playoffs this weekend?
The clear answer here is yes.