Analysis: It Feels Like This Season's Over
Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
GREEN BAY - The 2010 NFL season has 10 games left. People are still wearing shorts in Wisconsin.
And yet, to some - including me - this Packers' season feels like it's over.
There is that impending sense of doom in me right now that lasts beyond the point where Aaron Rodgers gets sacked in overtime and Tim Masthay pops up a 37-yard shank of a punt, leading to the Packers' 23-20 loss to Miami.
Certainly, there's little fault in the injury-plagued Packers' effort Sunday - save those dropped passes by Jordy Nelson.
I know Mike McCarthy wants to be committed to the run. Most coaches would love to be.
But when you only have backups left on your roster at running back, and your most beloved back (read: Kuuuuuuuuuuuuhn) rushes for nine yards on five carries, and you only average 3.6 yards per carry, it's like committing to a failed relationship when you should marry the passing game.
But more than anything else, this defense is a shell of itself.
No Matthews, no Pickett, no Barnett, no Harris, no Bigby...no success.
Against the Dolphins. The Dolphins. A team that has had almost no offensive success since Dan Marino hanged up his cleats.
Ronnie Brown, Ricky Williams and company gashed Green Bay's remaining starters and guys who typically find their rear end on metal along the west sidelines of Lambeau Field for 5.1 yards per carry.
And now, Charles Woodson got hurt at the end of this Dolphins loss. What might befall the Packers' injury list next?
The Packers have now lost three games by nine points. It's as if that impending feeling of doom comes over anytime there's a close game.
The NFL is filled with close games.
And no, Aaron Rodgers-haters, you can't blame Rodgers as deeply as you think you should. He's one of the few reasons this team remains competitive at all.
And who comes next?
Yep, the Vikings. I know they haven't been world-beaters, but Brett Favre is licking his chops.
You don't think he loves the idea of completely embarrassing his old team even worse than he did twice last year?
Then it's the Jets, one of the AFC's best, in New York City, followed by a Cowboys team that can also take advantage of Green Bay's injury-related defensive deficiencies.
The Packers could easily be staring 3-6 in the face by the time the bye comes around.
Barring an insane rally in the post-bye part of the season, the Packers season could very well be over before Thanksgiving.
Which means more attention thrown at a possibly-January bowl bound Badgers, a Bucks team looking to win the Central Division, and college hoops to follow with Marquette, Wisconsin and UWM.
That's not the way the pundits predicted, or Packers fans hoped, and still hope.
But it may be reality. The fan in me says hopefully, the Packers prove me wrong.