NFC North Roundup for NFL Week 14

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Green Bay Packers Dec 8, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn (10) gets a pass away while under pressure from Atlanta Falcons defensive end Osi Umenyiora (50) in the 3rd quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Won: Packers 22, Atlanta Falcons 21

Congrats to the Packers for proving they’re not the worst team in the NFC by beating the actual worst team in the NFC.

The Packers really wish the win didn’t have to buy Matt Flynn another week as starter, but early signs are that Aaron Rodgers still isn’t cleared to play.

If that remains the case, the question in Green Bay will shift. To this point, the question has been whether it’s worth it for the Packers to rush Rodgers back to finish the season. If they’re out of the playoff race, there’s little point to letting him risk re-injury.

But now with only three weeks left in the regular season, Rodgers is looking like a no-go for the first of those three. In that case, the question is whether he’ll be healthy enough to come back this season at all, regardless of whether he’s needed for a playoff run.

If this team is this bad without Rodgers, though (1-4-1 with a win against Atlanta and a tie against Minnesota), is getting him back really going to transform them into a playoff contender? Even if they get there, can they make noise?

If so, just give him the MVP now.

Next Game: 12/15 at Dallas (7-6)