Green Bay Packers: 6 Reasons Why They Are Now the Super Bowl Favorite
The Green Bay Packers secured a spot in the NFC Championship next week against the Chicago Bears with a victory over the favorite and No. 1 seeded Atlanta Falcons.
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are now fortunate enough to be the Super Bowl favorites despite being only the sixth seed coming into the NFC playoffs.
Green Bay is just one game away from getting to Dallas and two games away from its first Super Bowl victory after the Brett Favre era.
Here are six reasons why the Packers are the new Super Bowl favorites.
The Bears Won't Have a Weather Advantage
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The Chicago Bears normally would have a big home field advantage because of the frigid Chicago temperatures.
However, the Packers are used to playing in far more difficult conditions in Green Bay.
Therefore, the home field advantage will be minimized. The Packers have already won two playoff games on the road.
A third will not be too difficult.
The Packers Beat Chicago Recently
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The Packers have already beaten the Bears in 2011. On January 2, Green Bay emerged victorious from a meeting with Chicago by one touchdown, 10-3.
The Packers defense held the Bears to just three total points, Jay Cutler had just 168 passing yards and two interceptions and his quarterback rating was just 43.5.
Aaron Rodgers Is the Best Quarterback Left
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The only quarterback left in the playoffs that is even comparable to Aaron Rodgers is Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger.
Rodgers has been absolutely terrific in the playoffs. Against the Atlanta Falcons this week, he had 366 passing yards and three touchdowns.
Rodgers is the best quarterback left in the playoffs and should be able to lead the Packers to the Super Bowl.
The Packers Blew Out Atlanta
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The Atlanta Falcons were the best team in the NFC. The Falcons won 13 games in the regular season and were completely dominant beating some of the toughest teams in the NFL.
Green Bay took care of the Falcons handily winning by a margin of 27 points. If Green Bay can beat the Falcons by that much, it is tough to imagine not claiming them the Super Bowl favorites.
The Passing Defense
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Green Bay's passing defense has been the best of any of the playoff teams remaining. The Packers have allowed an average of just 194.2 passing yards per game, a statistic that puts Green Bay at fifth in the NFL in that category.
Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams are terrific cover cornerbacks. Clay Matthews is one of the most fearsome pass rushers in the NFL.
This Green Bay pass defense is a scary bunch of players.
Green Bay Beat the Jets
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The Packers not only beat the Chicago Bears already this year, but they also beat the New York Jets by shutting them out on October 31 in New York.
The Packers have played well in their few meetings against the AFC this season. Once Green Bay gets past the Bears, they should have no problem with either the Jets or even the Steelers for that matter.