The entire NFC playoff race has just changed drastically as of October 15th, 2017. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered what was initially described as a “right shoulder injury” in the opening quarter of the team’s away game against the Minnesota Vikings. Following reports that Rodgers had suffered a broken collarbone, the Packers confirmed the news themselves through Twitter.
QB Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone. There's a chance he could miss the rest of the season.— Green Bay Packers (@packers) October 15, 2017
Brett Hundley is going to be Green Bay’s guy moving forward, and as I type this, the Vikings are ahead 23-10 in the final quarter. Should they hold on, the Vikings would move to 4-2 with a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Packers, with the possibility of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater returning to the lineup later in the season. The Detroit Lions are getting mauled by the New Orleans Saints, but they do hold a win over Minnesota, so they’re not out of the NFC North chase at 3-3.
From a Seahawks perspective, this is gigantic news. We’re obviously not going to cheer Aaron Rodgers getting injured, but the Packers figured to be one of the teams Seattle had to chase and overtake in order to get at least a first-round bye, and they just lost their best player for perhaps the rest of the season. It’s hard to see Green Bay staying in the playoff picture at this point, and even if they do, you can forget about a top-2 seed.