With two games remaining, the Packers are officially shutting down Aaron Rodgers for the 2017 season. Green Bay placed their starting quarterback back on injured reserve following a one-game return in Week 15.
This wasn’t a tough call for the Packers. Rodgers clearly isn’t 100% and Green Bay has nothing to play for now that they’ve been officially eliminated from the 2018 NFL playoff picture.
As you may know, this news has an impact on the Philadelphia Eagles. With Rodgers out, the Packers’ chances of beating the Minnesota Vikings this Saturday are now even slimmer. The Eagles can clinch the No. 1 seed if Green Bay somehow pulls off the upset at Lambeau, but that seems very unlikely.
So it’s probably up to the Eagles now to take care business themselves against the Raiders on Monday Night Football. Beating Oakland and securing home field advantage would be a great Christmas gift to Eagles fans.
The Eagles are currently nine-point favorites against a Raiders team that has been virtually (but not officially) eliminated from the playoffs.