I'm going to say something that many of you are going to find absurd.
Green Bay ain't that good.
There is a media frenzy going on right now about the surging Packers and their quarterback who has been proclaimed as one of the top five QBs in the NFL and one of the best to ever play the game.
The NFL media is generally a "what have you done for me lately" industry, and this year is no different. Do a little research and you'll find that a couple of weeks ago this time last year, the same proclamations were being made about a certain Tony Romo.
Aaron Rodgers is a spectacular talent. There is no question about that. But the Green Bay Packers are surging, they are hot, and they have also had a little bit of luck to boot. Bare in mind that this team could not win their division, one of the worst in the NFL. They also had loses against the Bears, Lions, Redskins and Dolphins, which is frankly pathetic. Additional loses to the Falcons and Patriots are more respectable.
Green Bay played a terrific game against Philadelphia in the playoffs with hardly an error. The Eagles struggled all day and still had an opportunity to win at the end of the game. A Michael Vick pick sealed the game for the Packers.
We must recall, though, that David Akers contributed to the loss by missing two very makeable field goals. Had he made even one of those, the Eagles would have been in range for a game winning field goal at the end of the game. Had he made both, they could have run out the clock at the end of the game for a one-point victory.
A week later Green Bay goes to Atlanta and runs up the score. My assessment is that the game final has impressed upon the hoards of band wagoners and media that this was all due to the might of Green Bay. There is no doubt that the Packers played a perfect game against the Falcons.
However, it must be noted that the Michael Jenkins slip in the end zone turning a potential touchdown into an easy interception began the snowball disaster for Atlanta. If Jenkins does not slip on that play, worst case scenario is that the ball is batted down. Atlanta would have taken the field goal, and at the end of the half not forced the ball down field for extra yardage that resulted in the pick-six.
Even with the Green Bay score on the opening drive of the second half, had Jenkins not slipped, viewers would have most likely been looking at a 28-20 ball game and Atlanta could have stayed with the run. Maybe Green Bay still wins, but the snowball effect makes the Packers appear to be a juggernaut that they are not.
Two weeks ago against the Chicago Bears the trend continued. Green Bay had their worst performance and almost allowed a third-string quarterback to run them out of a Super Bowl appearance. This game doesn't even deserve analysis. If not for a goal-line pick-six interception, we most likely would have been watching our first overtime game under the new overtime rules, and possibly seen a Bears team headed to the Super Bowl.
The Packers are a good team. They aren't a great team. For most of the season they had key injuries and guys stepped up when necessary. The same can be said for the playoff run. Maybe the Packers were overlooked, or maybe it is just that they got hot and lucky at the same time which is never a bad thing in football. As the saying goes, "I'd rather be lucky than good any day."
That is precisely how I see the Packers: a team in the right place at the right time.
In full transparency, I am not a Steelers fan by any stretch of the imagination, I am a lifelong Atlanta Falcon, but this post is not a revenge thread in the slightest. The Falcons didn't show up, and the didn't stop the snowball effect and get back into the game. And frankly I would rather be able to say that my Birds were knocked out by the Super Bowl champs so that I could sleep better at night.
But that's just not how I see it playing out as I just don't think the Packers are that good.
Steelers 35 - Packers 17.