A record of 4-2 does not seem to reflect a team that is losing starters at a stunning rate, but for the Green Bay Packers, this record reflects overcoming adversity.
So how are they doing it?
This season for the Green Bay Packers have been a flashback to 2010 Super Bowl year; injuries galore.
Before the match up between the Packers and surprisingly decent Cleveland Browns, six starters were on the bench due to injury: Randall Cobb (knee), Nick Perry (foot), Clay Matthews (thumb), James Jones (leg), Casey Hayward (hamstring), James Starks (knee) and Brad Jones (hamstring). During the game, another was added to the Packer wounded with Jermichael Finley suffering a severe neck injury that will ultimately keep him out for a while.
As each game day is coming along, Packers fans are being introduced to new faces. Players such as corner back and punt returner Micah Hyde, wide receivers Myles White and Jarrett Boykin, and rookie tackle David Bakhtiari are taking the field, replacing their downed teammates.
There is a familiar name that has proven to be lethal, with or without his regular teammates to support him; Aaron Rodgers. Overlooked by the impressive, undefeated performance of Denver Broncos Peyton Manning, Rodgers has been MVP quality. He has a quarterback rating of 104.5, only behind Peyton Manning, Phillip Rivers, and Matt Ryan. Rodgers ability to adapt to new receivers is apparent when the only experienced receiver that has yet to get injured is Jordy Nelson.
Aaron Rodgers has been beyond useful and reliable this season, but let’s not forget the improved kicking by Mason Crosby that was horrifying terrible the previous season.
James Jones is questionable to return next week against the mightily struggling Vikings. This matchup will also be the first competition against former Packer wide receiver Greg Jennings who has not been exactly positive towards Aaron Rodgers or the Packers organization.
It is still early in the season, and with an easier schedule stretch, the Packers can recover and heal.
At 4-2 after a 1-2 start, the Packers are only trailing Seattle (6-1), New Orleans (5-1), and San Francisco (5-2) in the NFC.