Isn’t it great when Aaron Rodgers makes a statement?
By Kelly O’Day
Some have questioned or even bashed his leadership skills, notably the mouth known as Jermichael Finley, but those inside the locker room seem to feel Rodgers’ guidance is just fine. More importantly, once AR drops one of these gems (think R-E-L-A-X), he seems to elevate his own play back into the other-worldly level. And bring up the level of play of everyone else around him.
Basking in the glory of the beatdown Green Bay put on Seattle, anything seems possible.
It wasn’t just winning – which none of the pundits was predicting pre-game – it was the sheer force of all three phases of the team pulling together for the most well-rounded triumph in a couple of years. When the Packers play that way, they can defeat anyone, even without the couple of lucky bounces that came from Seahawks receivers.
But that final fact is another cause for hope. Earlier this year, the Packers couldn’t buy a break if a game depended on it. During the four-game losing streak, it did. The worm definitely turned in the Seattle contest, and a few more breaks would be welcome.
One other factor to the latest three-game winning streak was Green Bay coming to terms with the plethora of injuries while getting just a mite healthier. Montgomery and Michael have been putting their stamp on the running back position and the defensive backs have healed some and learned more. Coach McCarthy replaced several runs with short passes, putting the ball in his best player’s hands, Air Rodgers.
A little bit of help is needed for the Packers as long as they continue their winning ways, but making the playoffs passed from highly unlikely to definitely possible.
By the time you read this you will know much more than I do penning it after Week 14, but Green Bay was hoping for a Lions’ loss in either of their remaining road games, at the Giants and Cowboys.
That would set up the New Year’s Day showdown in Detroit for all the NFC North marbles. Assuming GB victories over the Bears and Vikings – admittedly a big assumption – a Packers’ win would at worst send the teams to a 10-6 tie. Green Bay would have won both head-to-head matchups – which is the #1 tiebreaker– and earn at least the #4 seed as the North champion.
The last time Green Bay was this desperate and dangerous was 2010, and we all know what happened in the playoffs after that year.
Can we have another?
In this issue of Packerland Titletown USA, though it seems almost sacrilegious, Jeff Ash brings forth the shocking news that Vince Lombardi once considered having the team put a dome over Lambeau. That tundra wouldn’t have been so frozen, nor Packers fans so tough. Sure, it would be comfy, but we’d definitely miss those flakes flying.
Walter Rhein offers a little history lesson about past defensive coordinators in making the case for retaining Dom Capers. That side of the ball has struggled at times this year, but how many teams can weather the injury loss of so many cornerbacks and linebackers?
Charlie Daniels speaks out about Packers fans?!? It’s true. We secured permission to bring his heart-felt opinion of how Green Bay fans represent a perfect slice of America.
Chris Wood gives a deeper look at the Library of Congress Packers’ music collection, and finds the team is indeed special with its plethora of titles enshrined there.
Once again, you’ll find plenty of photos of our team in action and the world’s greatest fans there to support the Green and Gold.
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