The Green Bay Packers' 2013 season is looking awfully similar to their Super Bowl season in 2010.
From major injuries to lackluster performances, the Packers have yet to find their rhythm at the start of the season. While things haven't exactly gone to plan this year, there is one reason that no one is talking about for why Green Bay should be discouraged heading into the remainder of the season.
That reason is how similar this season is looking to the Packers' 2010 Super Bowl season. Yes, we're only three weeks in, but it's simply too hard to overlook the similarities.
Let's take a look at why the 2013 season is looking so similar to the season that the Packers hoisted the Lombardi Trophy.
Let's get the most obvious reason out of the way: injuries. As you can see in the chart below, both the 2010 Packers and 2013 Packers suffered a number of important injuries.
|2010 Injuries||2013 Injuries|
|Ryan Grant, RB||Bryan Bulaga, OT|
|Jermichael Finley, TE||Morgan Burnett, S|
|Nick Barnett, ILB||Casey Hayward, CB|
|Brad Jones, OLB||Eddie Lacy, RB|
|Morgan Burnett, S||Jermichael Finley, TE|
|Clay Matthews, OLB|
While the severity of the injuries suffered this year aren't quite as serious as they were in 2010, there is no denying that the Packers lost too many significant players in both seasons. That's why the 2010 regular season was such a grind, and that's why it's likely this year will be no different.
It's definitely possible that the Packers can get the majority of their players back on the field in the next couple of weeks, but the season is still young. More key players could be lost this year like they were in 2010.
That isn't a reason to get discouraged because the 2013 Packers have the ability to overcome those injuries just like the 2010 Packers did.
Strength of Schedule
In 2010, the Packers finished the season 10-6. They started the year 2-1 instead of 1-2, but they didn't play quality teams at the start of the 2010 season like they have his year.
However, as the season progressed, their schedule became harder and harder. Games on the road against the New England Patriots, New York Jets (back when they were actually good), Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears were all played in the final 13 games.
This year, the Packers have already played elite teams like the San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals, and they'll also play quality teams like the Bears, Falcons, New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys.
Getting through such a difficult schedule ultimately prepared the Packers for a long run in the playoffs during their Super Bowl season. The same could be true this year if they can right the ship and get into this year's playoffs.
The Play of Aaron Rodgers
The biggest similarity between the 2010 season and the 2013 season has been the play of Rodgers.
Through three games in 2010, Rodgers had thrown for 759 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions. His completion percentage in those three games was 68.6 percent.
In 2013, Rodgers has thrown for 1,057 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions. His completion percentage has been 66.4 percent.
Sure, Rodgers has thrown for more yards and more touchdowns, but his completion percentage is close and he's thrown the same amount of interceptions as he did at the start of 2010.
To make this point even stronger is the play of Rodgers during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, the two seasons between the bracketed seasons we are interested in. In the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Rodgers completed 68.3 and 67.2 percent of his passes and threw only six and eight interceptions.
His play to start this season has been mediocre, much like it was during the 2010 season. Where Rodgers got hot during the Super Bowl season was during the playoffs, which is all that really matters.
Rodgers is clearly not playing up to the level that was expected of him coming into the season, but he wasn't playing that great to start the 2010 season either. As long as Rodgers picks up his game if the Packers make the playoffs this year, no one will remember his slow start to the season.
Yes, the 2013 season is still extremely young and no one really knows what is going to happen. However, history does have the track record of repeating itself, and the 2013 season is looking awfully similar to the season that most recently saw the Packers bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Green Bay.