The Green Bay Packers survived another week.
Good. Great. Wonderful.
The Green and Gold's golden-armed quarterback Aaron Rodgers could also be back behind center on Sunday when the team travels to Carolina.
Is that good news or bad news?
For the Packers and their fans, it's great news. That's all we have been waiting for... survive another week with QB Brett Hundley until Rodgers returns and bails out the team again. However, there are several questions beginning with a bone density scan Rodgers is scheduled to have sometime this week to determine if his surgically repaired collarbone is completely healed. If so, will he be cleared?
Rodgers obviously wants to return as witnessed by his actions and body language during the Packers' 27-21 overtime victory over the hapless Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
I admire the future Hall of Famer. He's a gamer, a fighter, a tough competitor and a team player. He wants to be the starting quarterback against the Panthers this week, the Minnesota Vikings next week and the Detroit Lions in the regular-season finale.
Now, let's be realistic. The Packers (7-6) must run the table and finish 10-6 to at least have a shot at a wild-card berth. I know, I know. We all remember Rodgers' "run the table" remark when they were 4-6 last year. But there's no way Green Bay wins the NFC North Division with a 10-6 record this year.
The Vikings (10-3) are a virtual lock to win it unless they lose all three of their final games against Cincinnati, Green Bay and the Chicago Bears.
Green Bay is one of five teams still alive for a wild-card berth, but are longshots at best. The Seahawks are 8-5, Detroit, Green Bay and Dallas 7-6, and Arizona 6-7.
If the playoffs began today, The Eagles (11-2) and Vikings would be the first and second seeds, respectively. The sixth-seeded Atlanta Falcons (8-5) would face the third-seeded Los Angles Rams (9-4), while the fifth seeded Panthers (9-4) would face the fourth-seeded New Orleans Saints (9-4).
By the way, the Vikings certainly didn't do the Packers any favors on Sunday by losing to the Panthers.
Getting back to Rodgers, let's play out this scenario. Tests reveal he is 100 percent healed and cleared to play, which means he will start unless the Green Bay brass says otherwise. However, that would cause a furor in Titletown to say the least. Consider the buzz among the "talking heads," too.
If Rodgers is cleared and does play, what if he gets injured again? Social media would go viral from fans as well as radio and TV members telling us that he shouldn't have played anyway.
Finally, I hope Rodgers CT scan comes out well, but not 100 percent and he's not cleared to play.
Why? Because realistically, it's not worth it. Have Rodgers come back healthy next season. Even the most loyal Packers' fans must know this season is over already.
There's no question Green Bay is a much better team with Rodgers at the helm. However, their secondary is in shambles and we all know what happens to a poor defense in the playoffs.
The Packers can hope for a 9-7 finish, and then regroup for 2018 with a 100 percent healthy Aaron Rodgers.