NFL Playoff Predictions: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers to Be Sharp After Bye

Chad LundbergCorrespondent IIIJanuary 12, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 04:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers throws a pass against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on December 4, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Packers won 38-35.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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There's no question that getting the first seed in your conference is overrated. The two No. 1 seeds of both conferences last season didn't even win one playoff game.

But some take it a step further and say that it's not only overrated, but possibly even a disadvantage. If you're in a stride and you take a week off from football, you will lose your momentum and therefore you are much more likely to lose the game.

The Green Bay Packers are this year's No. 1 seed in the NFC, and some are feeling as though the bye will hurt their chances against the New York Giants. Have no fear, I say.

Remember the NFL lockout? Players had the longest break from football of their lives, and conventional wisdom says that no one was going to play sharp when the season began.

Aaron Rodgers faced the New Orleans Saints in the opening week of football, and that was against a team that had organized and worked out together during the offseason.

Yet, only one quarter into the game, Rodgers threw three touchdown passes, including a back-shoulder throw to Greg Jennings.

The Packers weren't very sharp on defense, but they haven't been sharp all season either, except for the turnovers.

I say that if the Packers can play like that in the opening game of the season then there should be no problem for them staying sharp even after resting in the final week and during a bye week.

Rodgers said so himself that he believes if they just stay mentally sharp in practice, they should be fine on Sunday, and I'm sure he's doing everything he to make sure absolutely nobody is lagging behind this week.