Packers Run The Table

Packers Run The Table

Tenacious, poised, and daring are just a few words to describe the current visual we have of the Green Bay Packers. Beating the Lions on Sunday meant the Packers captured the NFC North Crown for the fifth in six years. Yet, the sweetest part for Packers fans is the fact that Aaron Rodgers loves proving doubters wrong. When he made his “run the table” comments in November many thought it was false bravado. No. It was a prediction. A declaration. A prophecy. Simply incredible.

Rodgers went through a stretch unlike any he has had throughout his entire career. Through his last 6 games Rodgers threw for 1,667 yards and racked up 16 touchdowns.

Even though the Packers were already in the playoffs thanks to a Redskins lost, Rodgers fortune telling is still remarkable. His ability to shoulder the load and express supreme confidence in his team has made Rodgers a legitimate MVP candidate. But, an MVP award is not what the Green Bay Packers want to remember this season.

“We have bigger aspirations,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.

Once you are in the playoffs anyone can take home the Lombardi trophy and Rodgers knew that all along. “This wasn’t just a shot in the dark. It was an optimistic belief in my teammates,” Rodgers said.

Now that the Packers have earned a chance to compete for the title they will face a former foe in multiple capacities.

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Eli Manning and the New York Giants will travel to Lambeau Sunday with a lot of confidence. Manning is 2-0 in the playoffs at Lambeau with his last win coming in 2011 as the Giants went on to win the Super Bowl. Manning tends to turn it up in the playoffs and loves having the ball in his hands for late game heroics. Thankfully the Giants do not have much of a run game and their pass defense ranked 23rd this season.

This beats the hell out of traveling to visit the 12th man in Seattle.

Not only is Eli a familiar face, but New York’s head coach Ben McAdoo has a lot of history in Green Bay. He spent six seasons as a tight end’s coach and two seasons mentoring Rodgers as the quarterback coach. He also helped the Packers win Super Bowl XLV. McAdoo came to Lambeau week 5 of this season and fell short 23-16. He hopes Manning will strap on his elevating playoff helmet to rewrite the script.

The Packers are not looking ahead despite their hot streak that continues to burn. Surprisingly, Rodgers wants any previous running the table narrative to turn into a dull roar of the regular season.

“Look, I just talked about running the table and getting into the playoffs,” Rodgers said Wednesday. “Obviously, it’s win or go home at this point. That’s the focus. Keep on winning and get this thing to Houston.”

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