Green Bay Packers: Why Aaron Rodgers' Athleticism Is Key to Perfect Season

Chad LundbergCorrespondent IIIDecember 5, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 04:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers rolls out of the pocket and looks to pass in the second half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on December 4, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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If the Packers are to go 16-0, they'll have to play their starters in the final two games despite the fact they may already hold home-field advantage in the playoffs. So assuming they do, the Packers will then have the pressure of having to win every single game to win the Super Bowl and become the first team ever to accomplish perfection through the championship in a 16-game regular season.

For this, many feel as though it's best to lose a game so that the insurmountable pressure doesn't cave in on the Packers in the playoffs, therefore eliminating them from contention.

I'm here to make the case that the Packers can do that even with all the pressure of perfection on their minds. And my main reason? No, it's not because he's having a great year, but yes, Aaron Rodgers is the key to the Packers going 19-0.

Lemme 'splain.

Back in 2007, Tom Brady was working with arguably one of the greatest group of receivers in the game, with Randy Moss leading the charge.  Through 16 games, Brady threw 50 touchdowns to just eight interceptions; however, he was sacked only 21 times.

When the Patriots fought the Giants in the Super Bowl, many felt that it was a shoo-in victory for the Patriots. The defense did it's part, but the offense put up a measly 14 points in the game. So what in the world happened?

The difference was simple. The Giants knew that if they had any chance of winning this game, they absolutely had to get to Tom Brady. Brady was sacked five times in that game, causing his unusual numbers. Only 60 percent on completions, only one touchdown, 5.5 yards per passing attempt and and a passer rating of only 82.

The reason I think Rodgers gives them such a good chance is because if Rodgers finds himself in a similar situation that Brady found himself against the Giants, he'll do what he does best. Use his feet.

Rodgers is already a magnificent quarterback inside the pocket, but there probably has never been a quarterback who plays outside of the pocket as well as he does. 

In that sense, Rodgers makes the Green Bay offense unstoppable.

Green Bay's defense will continue it's part with it "bend but don't break" play, giving up big yards but making the turnovers that put the game away for good. And for what it's worth, there's still a chance (though very small in my opinion) that they can begin to turn their unit around.

However, should the Packers go for perfection, I do believe that the offense will continue to put up massive numbers in every game they play.