Why the NFL Is the Green Bay Packers, Then Everyone Else
In a week where the Green Bay Packers did not even take the field, their dominance over the rest of the league continued to gain momentum.
The only team who made a statement in a positive way were the Packers' division rival Detroit Lions, who ended their skid by dismantling the Denver Broncos. Still, was their victory over Denver as definitive as the game that Aaron Rodgers played against Denver?
Regardless of the differences in victory margin, it was the way that Rodgers and the Packers made every play that they wanted, whenever they wanted to, like they have done against many other teams this season.
Elsewhere around the league there were contenders who narrowly defeated their subpar opponents. Baltimore had to mount a huge comeback to defeat the Cardinals, which in itself is heartening for a team that was embarrassed by the Jaguars a week ago but not an announcement that they are Super Bowl bound.
The New Orleans Saints might be the biggest losers of the weekend by letting a very winnable game slip through their fingers and potentially costing them home field in the playoffs should they rebound and make it there. For those who think home field doesn't matter, check the final score of the Saints/Seahawks playoff game last year that took place in Seattle and not New Orleans.
The bottom line for the Packers is this, nobody has been able to expose a weakness in their team that is so major that it cost them a game.
The troubles of the Packers' defense in terms of yardage given up is well documented, but if the defense is so bad then where are the losses to validate that claim?
The losses are non-existant because the team works in such a perfect balance. The offense can outscore any team in the league if they need to, and just in case they don't, the defense is opportunistic enough in terms of timely sacks and turnovers to cover for that.
There is no other team in the NFL that is as explosive on both sides of the ball as the Green Bay Packers, and that is why they are the hands down favorites to repeat right now.
Looking at the AFC, there are intangible reasons to believe that if the Packers face the Patriots or the Steelers again in the Super Bowl anything can happen. Still, the hard facts and empirical evidence that has been amassed so far this season points to another championship in Green Bay, come February.
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