22 Oct Surviving The Bye

Aaron Rodger Surviving The Bye

Here it is, Cheeseheads. The muchly dreaded ‘bye week’. While the bye week can put a damper on your weekend or take away what you look forward to most during the week, there are, in fact, some ways you can make the most out of this rough, sad time. So turn that frown upside down Cheesehead Nation, let’s band together, and make sure we don’t lose our minds during this break.

Some people don’t mind bye week at all. Those who love the game of football that much look at the it as another awesome week of football, full of fantasy dreams and Cutler miscues. At the end of the day, football is football, and watching it will never get old. The bye week can be used to better focus on the other teams in the league. Watch closely, see which ones look good, what teams are trying, and look for the strengths and weaknesses of the upcoming opponents. This weekend, us Cheeseheads will be the scouts. Try and look at football as a positive, even without the Packers. Besides, the Green and Gold will only be missing for a week.

Maybe you’re like Eddie Lacy. For Ed Zone, other than Packers football, the game itself isn’t something that excites him that much. Don’t believe me? Last year, when the Packers had the bye in the playoffs, Eddie was asked how he would spend his time during the break and if he would be watching Wildcard Weekend. Eddie laughed, and said quite frankly “No”. Such a classic Eddie response.  You know what #27 would much rather prefer doing than watching his fellow gridiron gladiators go at it?!?  Playing with his dog or hanging out with his sister. Interesting and awesome. Are you like Eddie? Will football even cross your mind this weekend? If not, good for you. Take the week off. Cheering as hard as all Packer fans do is hard work.

“This is a chance for all fans to rest their injuries, too. Gather your spirit, everybody. When we come back, it’s going to be a tough game for tough fans the rest of the way”
Vic KetchmanPackers.com

This is a chance for us to remember what Sundays are like without football. Frightening thought, I know. What do we do without football? Simple. Relax. Don’t worry. Why? One word, Undefeated. We’re one of the few remaining teams that aren’t in the loss column, and we’re just getting started.  Isn’t that an exciting thought to hold onto this week?!?  An offense that has been less than what it is capable of and a team that just keeps finding ways to win. It’s like a kid on his birthday, excited about his presents.  After he opens all his presents and gets his Chewbacca mask he’s been begging for all year, he then starts getting excited about Christmas and the thought of getting a Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred Shot Range Model Air Rifle.  Start getting excited for Week 7 because just like Ralphie getting his beloved rifle on Christmas morning, you’ll get your Packers on Sundays again.

Has this article not made you less upset about the bye week? Well, people are always told to save their strongest point for last, and here it is. Injuries. The aforementioned Lacy is stuck on neutral with only one touchdown. Approximately two weeks ago, Eddie told us his ankle was “cool”, clearly, it isn’t as “cool” as he thought it was. The Packers are releasing very little about his injury so that opponents can’t predict the amount of snaps will go in the direction of #27. Davante Adams. Morgan Burnett. Ty Montgomery. The Pack’s M.A.S.H. list is pretty extensive.  Heal up boys and get ready and healthy for the long road to San Francisco.

Be happy, Packer fans. We’re in a good spot right now. The bye week will benefit the team, and at the end of the day, isn’t that what we really want? All we have to do is sit back for a while and R-E-L-A-X.

What do you plan on doing this Packers Bye Sunday?  Please comment below.

Nate is a contributing writer to Green + Gold Life and the man behind the unbelievably awesome and popular @ThePackerPage on Instagram.  Give it a follow…you’ll love it!
  • Ethan Helms Liebzeit

    Great stuff! My bye week plans are to totally avoid all football until the Sunday night game. Maybe do some hiking or go on a mini road trip. It will be tough, and I’m sure I’ll check my phone for the scores, but the break will be nice.