Larrivee: Packers-Chiefs matchup reveals effect of injuries, depth

CREATED Dec 14, 2011

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  • Howard Green. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

GREEN BAY - For a reflection of the disparity in the matchup between the undefeated world champion Green Bay Packers and the downtrodden Kansas City Chiefs, check out the injury lists and the roster each team has available to pick up the slack.

Kansas City has lost quality performers all over the field due to injury, including strong safety Eric Berry, quarterback Matt Cassel, running back Jamaal Charles and tight end Tony Moeaki.

"You lose your top tight end, your top running back, your quarterback, your all-pro safety, that's like the Packers losing Aaron Rodgers, Jermichael Finley, Greg Jennings, Clay Matthews," explained Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Voice of the Packers, Wayne Larrivee, on "Wisconsin's Morning News." 

"No one has the depth to overcome the kind of losses the Chiefs have had.  This is also a program that has not developed the kind of depth the Packers have right now."

That Packers depth is particularly important at the slot of wide receiver, with the departure of Greg Jennings to the sidelines for the remainder of the regular season after a knee injury.

"You can go a number of ways," said Larrivee about the receiving corps that is arguably the deepest in the NFL, one that overcame the losses of Jermichael Finley and Donald Driver to win Super Bowl XLV.

"Jennings did require defenses to account for him wherever he was, whether he was catching two passes in a game or six.  You knew he had to be accounted for.  That allowed other players like Jordy Nelson to have a little more single coverage.  In the passing game, what the Packers will do, someone else will step up.  I think Randall Cobb is also best suited in the slot.  He may be a guy, if he's ready, to step into that role."