Packers Are Wounded, But That Won’t Matter
The Green Bay Packers will be without four starters when they face the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
We’re not worried. Why?
Let us tell you.
Greg Jennings will miss his fourth game with a groin injury. Yeah, the Packers are better with Jennings in the lineup, but for the most part they’ve been just fine without him. James Jones has two touchdowns in each of the last three games. Jordy Nelson just went off for three last week. It’s not like no one can get into the end zone while Jennings is standing around.
B.J. Raji will miss his second straight game with an ankle injury. Again, it’s good to have Raji, but let’s face it. He’s overrated. Ryan Pickett, who’s a natural nose tackle, held down that position just fine last week. C.J. Wilson and Jerel Worthy were just fine at the ends. The Rams do not have a potent offense, so Raji shouldn’t be missed.
Nick Perry is out with a knee injury. The Packers might be light depth-wise at outside linebacker, but there shouldn’t be much of a drop off with Erik Walden stepping into the starting lineup. He’s been a starter the past two years and has been a better pass rusher than Perry so far this season. Dezman Moses will be the next man up.
Sam Shields is out with an ankle injury. I know what you’re thinking. Oh no! Jarrett Bush! No. There should be little to no Jarrett Bush playing cornerback. Casey Hayward has been moving up the depth chart and rightfully so. Hayward has three picks over the last two weeks. Oh, and Davon House, who was on track to start before getting injured in the preseason, finally looks like he’ll see game action.
It’s good to have depth.
Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.