Originally written on In The Neutral Zone  |  Last updated 12/16/14
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It was reported this week that Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is slated to return to the starting lineup for the team’s pivotal showdown against the Chicago Bears this weekend, one which will determine the NFC North division crown and a berth to the playoffs. The news has been welcomed with open arms throughout the state of Wisconsin by backers of the Packers and has reverberated throughout the entire following of the NFL. Such is undoubtedly the case, upon consideration of what the report indicating Rodgers’ return means for the cheeseheads. With all due respect to the previously inserted backup QB Matt Flynn, Rodgers instantly generates an infectious attitude of belief and confidence resounding within Green Bay’s locker room which is difficult to duplicate. That swagger emanates from the bravado of Rodgers both on the field and in the huddle, as he performs with an enviable freedom and conviction in his passing. There is no throw which Rodgers shies from delivering, as he possesses the ability to shred opposing defenses in the vertical passing game with his tremendous arm strength. Rodgers’ return now means that opposing defenses must account for each and every weapon at the Packers’ disposal in the passing game. The reported return of Aaron Rodgers to Green Bay’s lineup immediately elicits an entirely new outlook from the outside on the team’s looming crucial matchup against longtime rival Chicago. News of his return promises to justifiably ignite the Packers, which had previously been deemed the clear-cut underdog versus the Bears. This is no ordinary starting quarterback returning to a team’s lineup in the NFL. With Rodgers’ return, the Packers are granted a substantial upgrade at the position and a player who has proven with his performance to be one of the few undisputed elite quarterbacks in the NFL. The news of his return additionally promises to cause more headaches, more sleepless nights for the Bears in attempting to prepare for the vast skillset which Rodgers brings to the table. With Rodgers back in the fold for Green Bay, no evident impediments exist to hinder the Packers in their gameplan of attack offensively. No longer is an apparent deficiency in arm strength a concern for the Packers, as it undoubtedly was with Flynn as starter. Rather, Green Bay poses a much more daunting challenge for Chicago in accounting for the entirety of the field in the vertical passing game. Fans and supporters of the Green Bay Packers are undoubtedly grinning from ear to ear, upon receiving the news of the apparent return to the lineup of franchise QB Aaron Rodgers. His return significantly alters the outlook of this weekend’s clash against Chicago, enabling Green Bay to fully utilize the assortment of weapons available at its disposal. 3 total views, 3 views today
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