Greg Jennings: Green Bay Will Experience Primetime Collapse Without Top WR

Steven GerwelFeatured Columnist IVNovember 25, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30:  Wide receiver Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers looks on prior to the start of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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We've seen Green Bay Packers WR Greg Jennings plastered all over television in multiple advertisements and commercials, but he can't be found at the one place he belongs—the football field. 

Jennings appeared in three of the first four games of the season, producing a modest 78 yards and one touchdown during that time. However, his seven missed games this season has forced him to relinquish his role as the team's top receiver. 

In Jennings' place, Jordy Nelson has emerged as the go-to guy for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense and has done a phenomenal job at that. 

Without the help of Jennings, Nelson has accumulated 577 yards and five touchdowns, undoubtedly making him a valued fantasy asset. 

But now that Nelson has recently suffered from a hamstring injury—an injury that typically lingers and causes off-and-on issues—it's vital that Green Bay gets some health at the position immediately. 

With a prime-time matchup against the New York Giants coming up, a lack of health at the position could pose serious problems for the Packers offense. 


Jennings' Health Issues Will Hurt Green Bay on Sunday Night

The Packers are set to take on the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants in a Sunday Night Football showdown at 8:20 p.m. ET. 

With the recent injury bug at wide receiver, the Green Bay offense has lost some pop and will struggle to outscore Eli Manning and the Giants. 

QB Aaron Rodgers was held under 225 yards passing in both games where Jordy Nelson was absent. Even when Nelson returned last week, Rodgers was limited to just 236 passing yards. 

With Nelson banged up and limited, the team needs Jennings back from injury, but he's unlikely to make an appearance against the Giants, according to Sports Center (via Twitter). 

INACTIVE: Percy Harvin, Antonio Brown, Troy Polamalu. UNLIKELY TO PLAY: Greg Jennings, Danny Amendola ...

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 25, 2012

The Packers will be facing a Giants team ranked No. 8 in the NFL in scoring (267 points), and with a hindered Nelson and an absent Jennings, it doesn't bode well for them. 

The Giants have dropped their last two games while Green Bay has won five straight. That may give the opposite impression, but a hungry New York team is dangerous for anyone. 

Without health at the receiver position, the Packers will continue to perform below their incredible offensive potential.