The Packers are a better team with their star wide receiver on the football field, but if Nelson is unable to go on Sunday, the outcome can still be the same.
The Green Bay Packers have won seven straight football games as they head to Arlington, Texas to take on the Dallas Cowboys. They have done this mainly by the arm of Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson as his top target. However, the Packers received some horrible news on Monday that they may be without their veteran top receiver for the game on Sunday due to multiple broken ribs.
The Packers head coach, Mike McCarthy said that they are not ruling out Nelson for the game and the decision likely won’t come until this weekend as he will not practice until Saturday, if at all. That will be when the Packers make the decision on whether Nelson will be in or out for their divisional round playoff game against the Cowboys.
If Jordy can suit up on Sunday, it obviously is a plus for this football team, but if he is unable to go, it isn’t the worst thing. The Packers have a great offense and have plenty of options to look at to absorb those targets that would originally go to Nelson. With Randall Cobb returning last weekend from his injury, he was one of the players to step up his game to help this team pull out the win.
Cobb, along with Davante Adams will be the main targets on Sunday if Nelson can’t go, but let’s not forget that the Cowboys are likely to get their top cornerback back this weekend also. Morris Claiborne is expected to return from his groin injury for the match-up, when he was healthy, he was one of the best corners in the league and was able to shut down the opposing top option, including Nelson in their earlier match-up. With Adams, likely to take over the “Jordy” spot and role, he will likely demand the coverage of Claiborne.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 9, 2017
McCarthy on Jordy Nelson (rib): He'll be in the rehab group through Friday. If he can practice Saturday, he'll have a chance to play.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) January 9, 2017
If Claiborne can do what he did healthy and limit the stats for Adams, this will need to be a game that Cobb and tight end Jared Cook take over and become the top targets. Last weekend, we saw all three players step their games up to pick up for their injured teammate. Cobb had five receptions for 116 yards and three scores, Adams had eight catches for 125 yards and a touchdown, but it was Cook that stood out the most to me. He had five receptions for 48 yards on nine targets, this is where the Packers must win the battle on Sunday if they are to pull out the win in Dallas.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 10, 2017
Keep your head up Packers fans, let’s not forget who is running things at the quarterback position. Rodgers will find a way to keep this team rolling and find the receiver to lead them to victory. I don’t think Nelson will be able to go, and that will be tough to overcome, but Rodgers is more than capable to do so. Look for Adams to get 5-6 targets and have a decent game, but Green Bay will need to lean on Cobb and Cook as the main players on Sunday to pull off the victory.
Are you worried about the injury to Nelson, or does he have plenty of options to get it done on Sunday?