The Green Bay Packers are off to a great start as they improve to 3-0.
The Green Bay Packers are one of the best teams in the NFL. They are certainly not feeling any effects of the dreaded Super Bowl hangover. Here are five reasons why the Packers are headed back to the Super Bowl:
Despite some early injuries, the Packers are finding ways to win games again, and look tough to beat.
Aaron Rodgers is a big reason why the Green Bay Packers are Super Bowl favorites again.
Aaron Rodgers is a big reason the Green Bay Packers are favorites to head back to the Super Bowl. Rodgers is playing at an all-time high, and the reason why the Packers should be favorites to get back to the Super Bowl.
Rodgers is completing nearly 72 percent of his passes, has a 120.9 passer rating, an eight to one touchdown to interception ratio and has thrown for 917 yards.
Rodgers has perhaps the best accuracy and field vision in the game too. Even when his receivers run the wrong routes, he still manages to get the ball to them somehow. His ability to throw the ball as a screen pass, short, middle and long gives him a lot of opportunities on every play.
Lastly, let's not forget that Rodgers can get it done with his legs. His mobility helps him move around the pocket and hit his receivers.
Jermichael Finley showed why he can be the best TE in the NFL yesterday.
When the Green Bay Packers offense gets on a roll, they score a lot of points and rack up a lot of yards.
The Packers have so many weapons. Obviously, it starts with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, but it doesn't end there.
At running back, the Packers have three legit options. Ryan Grant, James Starks and John Kuhn give the Packers the ability to have fresh legs during the game.
Grant can run to the outside, Starks pounds the ball inside and outside and Kuhn picks up third downs and bursts into the end zone.
Then, at wide receiver, perhaps, the deepest group in the NFL. Greg Jennings is the go-to guy, but Donald Driver, Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb are all legit options.
Don't forget about Jermichael Finley, who showed yesterday he can stretch the field and haul in touchdowns with seven catches for 85 yards and three touchdowns.
Finley is ready to give the full meal now, just not the appetizers.
Clay Matthews put constant pressure on Jay Cutler yesterday.
The Green Bay Packers rush defense is one of the best in the NFL so far this season, and that is without Cullen Jenkins (gone via free agency), and Vic So'oto, Frank Zombo and Mike Neal to injuries.
Yesterday, the Packers rush defense held Forte to two yards on nine carries, and just 13 total rush yards.
They held Carolina to 71 yards rushing and New Orleans to 81 yards rushing.
They have nine sacks as a unit and 17 tackles for a loss.
That is impressive.
They put constant pressure on quarterbacks, like Clay Matthews did against Jay Cutler yesterday. Matthews doesn't always get sacks, but he gets pressure and big time tackles in the opponent's backfield and the open field.
Matthews isn't the only one that has played solid. B.J.Raji, Jarius Wynn, Erik Walden and Ryan Pickett have been producing solid for the Packers.
Mike McCarthy has the right toos for success for coaching the Green Bay Packers.
The Green Bay Packers have one of the best coaching staffs in the NFL right now. Mike McCarthy and Dom Capers are offensive and defensive masterminds.
Ask any coach what they would do with 16 players on injured reserve. McCarthy didn't lose hope and kept plugging in his young players.
Now those young players have experience, and are ready to build off last season's success.
Capers instilled the 3-4 defense and it has done wonders. Capers blitzes, and presses hard in the pass coverage with his players.
Then, there are the coaches within the system. Kevin Greene and Winston Moss do a great job with the linebackers, Edgar Bennett with the wide receivers, Mike Trgovac with the defensive line and Shawn Slocum with the special teams.
These coaches know how to prepare and discipline their players to be the best they can, and it worked last year, and so far is this year again.
Charles Woodson is one of many Green Bay leaders.
Every team needs a leader. The Green Bay Packers have quite a few.
Charles Woodson has been in the league 14 years. He has been through injury, losing and now winning. Woodson is a leader for the young players on this team.
On offense, Donald Driver has been in Green Bay for a long time. Driver is a leader to the younger receivers on the team, and certainly has the teams respect.
Chad Clifton is getting old and up to the end of his career, but has served as leader in preparing the young offensive lineman for when he retires.
Aaron Rodgers isn't just the Packers quarterback. He is also the team's leader. The quarterback is often the leader of the team, and Rodgers certainly is.
There are many more leaders, and each player is a leader in some way.