When the Packers were 4-6, I don’t think anybody would’ve realistically picked them to win the division, let alone the Super Bowl. Now, just six weeks later, with a record of 10-6 and the NFC North Division title in hand, they are in a good position to do just that. Here are three reasons why the Packers will win it all.
Reason #1: Aaron Rodgers is the hottest QB entering the playoffs.
It’s almost as if the man can turn it on at will. Rodgers’ performance over the past six weeks has been nothing short of all-time great. He has been near perfect and has almost willed the Packers into the playoffs, and in an MVP performance to clinch the NFC North Division title, he showed no signs of slowing down. He’s been doing it all, winning with his arm, legs, and brain—silencing his critics while simultaneously making a solid case for MVP. And with the exception of Randall Cobb (though he could be active this Sunday), the receiving corp looks to be at full strength and only getting better. That group includes the likes of Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, Jared Cook, and an emerging undrafted free agent rookie by the name of Geronimo Allison—maybe you’ve heard of him. If you haven’t, you will. With those weapons at Rodgers’ disposal, the Packers can definitely run the table again.
Reason #2: Ty Montgomery is the best RB to ever wear #88.
They say a quarterback’s best friend is a good running game. That’s exactly what Ty Montgomery gives his quarterback. Montgomery’s ability to shed would-be-tacklers is just one of the reasons why he’s been so valuable since the Packers converted the second-year wide receiver to running back. He’s strong enough to punish DBs, quick enough to get around the edge, and has no problem catching passes coming out of the backfield (duh). For a running game that was mostly in flux during the regular season, Montgomery now gives the Packers offense enough balance to keep torching defenses on their way to another championship.
Honorable mention to fullback Aaron Ripkowski who caught the Lions off guard Sunday night and looked like a legit running threat. That performance will give opposing defenses yet another wrinkle to plan for.
Reason #3: Defensive Coaching. Yeah, I know. Not what you expected.
Whatever the coaching staff has been preaching, it’s been working. We know what the Packers offense can do when they’re dialed in and on the same page. But it’s the defense that has surprised everyone down the stretch with their ability to generate takeaways, especially when you consider the amount of injuries they’ve had to overcome throughout the year. They’ve been decimated at corner all season long, and just when it looked like they were getting healthy again, Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins, and Makinton Dorleant all suffered injuries in the regular season finale—you’ve got to be kidding me.
But while many fans have been calling for the Dom Capers era to end in Green Bay, he’s somehow managed to squeeze every ounce of production out of a group of guys forced to play multiple positions doing things they’re not accustomed to. Yet somehow, they’ve been good enough, and surprisingly better than expected down the stretch. Heading into the playoffs with a big question mark in the secondary doesn’t exactly inspire confidence, but these guys are primed to show up when the opportunity presents itself, and I think they’ll do just that.
Later this week, I’ll be posting a similar article to break down why the Packers won’t win the Super Bowl. In the meantime, tell me what you think. Do the Packers have what it takes to finish what they’ve started? To run the table all the way to glory?