Green Bay Packers: Best Team Coming from Wild Card Round

Eric EdmundsonContributor IJanuary 10, 2011

Have the Packers been saving James Starks for the playoffs?
Have the Packers been saving James Starks for the playoffs?Chris Trotman/Getty Images

Think back to this summer...The three Super Bowl favorites from the NFC were the Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers. 

Obviously, we all know the train-wreck seasons that the Vikings and Cowboys had and it looked at one point, not too long ago, that the Packers were also going to miss the playoffs.

However, the Packers did finally "sneak" into the playoffs as the No. 6 seed, and they appear to have caught fire at just the right time.

Even though the Packers sustained a lot of key injuries this season, their backups appear to be hitting their stride. It's probably a good thing that a lot of their injuries occured early in the season. Many of these backups are now legitimate contributors.

On offense, Aaron Rodgers is cool under pressure and knows how to read defenses and throw to the right guy. He has been at the top of his game recently. 

Now, we come to find out that the Packers have been "hiding" a rookie running back for this playoff run. James Starks appears to be giving the Packers an explosive element to their running game that they have not had for a long time. 

Adding a good running game to complement Rodgers and his receiving corps makes this offense very dangerous.

On defense, Dom Capers' 3-4 defense is gelling at just the right time. They've been getting better and better as the season goes along, and since November they have been one of the better defenses in the league. 

Their D-line is doing a great job of occupying blockers so that their LBs can fly around and make plays.

Their secondary is talented and has contained some of the better passing offenses in the league over the past couple of months.

What does all of this mean? Well, it means the Packers are a very well-rounded, complete team right now and those are the types of teams that can make deep playoff runs. 

I, for one, wouldn't be shocked to see this team playing a game in Dallas, Texas, on February 6th.