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Jordy Nelson exits Falcons game with quad injury

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson exited Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons with a quad injury. He was originally listed as questionable to return to the Sunday Night Football matchup. Later, he was declared out.

It’s not a secret that the Browns are one of the most hilariously bad franchises in all of sports. Since they came back to the NFL in 1999, there hasn’t been a whole lot to cheer about.

What does this mean? The Vikings are now without two quarterbacks, including Teddy Bridgewater, due to knee injuries. Until Bradford is healthy again, they will have to rely on Keenum’s arm. Minnesota signed him over the offseason to serve as a backup behind Bradford. Keenum isn’t a prolific passer like Bradford, but he can extend plays with his legs.

No one knows how this offense will look with Keenum at the helm. After all, this is the same quarterback who threw 2,201 yards to go along with nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions with the Rams last year.

You can’t expect this offense to look like it did in Week 1, when Bradford was one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Keenum doesn’t have the arm talent to make plays consistently in the passing game. If he gets hurt, recently promoted undrafted rookie Kyle Sloter will handle snaps for Minnesota.

Why does this matter? In a competitive NFC North, Minnesota’s playoff hopes depend on Bradford’s durability. Despite the Vikings’ strong defense and rushing attack, this team cannot clinch a playoff spot without Bradford leading the way.

If Bradford’s knee issue continues to linger, this could turn into a long season for Minnesota. Indeed, it’s only Week 2, and there is a lot of football left in this young season. On the other hand, Bradford has an extensive track record of knee injures. He missed more than half of the 2013 season because of a torn ACL. That following preseason, he tore that same ACL again and sat out for the entire 2014 season.
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The NFC North could go one-and-done in the playoffs

Three things we learned

1. Green Bay’s offense is a mess

For the first 2 1/2 quarters of this game, the Packers’ offense was as bad as we’ve seen it all year. None of the receivers couldn’t get open. Eddie Lacy and James Starks got bottled up by Minnesota’s line. Aaron Rodgers resorted to constant checkdowns and at times looked like a rookie quarterback with questionable decision-making.

Eventually the Packers woke up in time to mount a comeback and make this game entertaining in the fourth quarter, but the damage had been done. This offense has a lot more problems than just losing Jordy Nelson, and those problems couldn’t be fixed over the course of the season. Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson will need to go back to the drawing board this offseason.

2. The Vikings’ offense wasn’t much better, and it almost cost them the game

Minnesota had its own problem sustaining drives. Bridgewater threw for just 99 yards on 10-of-19 passing, with no touchdowns and an interception. The offense’s inability to stay on the field led to the defense getting gassed late, sparking Green Bay’s comeback in the fourth quarter. If Minnesota hopes to make any noise in the playoffs, it will need to find more consistency on offense.

3. The NFC North could go one-and-done in the playoffs

Despite the game reaching absurd heights of spectacle late, neither team looked too impressive. In fact, for a while it was one of the dullest Sunday Night Football games of the year. You would’ve hardly thought that the NFC North title was on the line.

Kelly the general manager probably deserved to be fired, but that’s not the case when it comes to Kelly the coach. So now the Eagles will join the cluster of teams that will spend their January searching for a new head man instead of playing in the postseason. Just two years ago, Kelly led them to the playoffs and appeared to be the savior.

There are several explanations for Kelly’s abrupt departure, most notably his apparent alienation of everyone in the organization. Eagles running back DeMarco Murray, who’s only averaged 3.5 yards per carry this season, reportedly told Lurie recently the team had “lost confidence” in Kelly.

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”