It looks as if Green Bay will have the Chiefs and Bears games locked up. However, the Lions will prove to be a tough matchup. Still, I strongly believe that the Packers will win out their regular season games and receive a bye, along with home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
There is no question that the Packers are front-runners for the Super Bowl; here are the five factors that I believe will win them the championship for the second year in a row.
Okay, this is an obvious one...but the Green Bay Packers thrive off of their crowd. They bleed green and yellow at Lambeau Field. Whoever plays against them in the playoffs better be ready for a rowdy fanbase. The big hits, numerous touchdowns and huge playmaking ability of the Packers just add to the intensity.
The weather at Lambeau during the winter isn't always the most pleasant thing for opposing teams, either—it will definitely work in Green Bay's favor.
This is Mike's fifth year as the head coach for the Green Bay Packers. He has been in the playoffs three times and has won the Super Bowl once, last year. Basically what I am trying to say is that this isn't his first rodeo!
McCarthy and his team have the full playoff experience, and that is a huge advantage over teams like the Texans and the Broncos (who look as if they might win their division with Tebow and his magic).
Mike McCarthy will do a great job of getting his team prepared for the playoffs and ready to face top-tier teams like the Patriots, Steelers and Ravens. His players put their full trust in him and are a force to be reckoned with.
Other than players like Charles Woodson, Clay Matthews, A.J Hawk and B.J Raji, the Green Bay Packers' defense has been struggling this year.
They have been showing some sure signs of improvement, however. According to ESPN, the Packers have the second best turnover differential (plus-20), behind the 49ers (plus-21), and they lead the league in interceptions with 27 (the next highest team has 18).
They are also among the Top 10 defenses in the league when it comes to sacks. Their biggest issue coming into the playoffs is red-zone defense. If they can somehow fix that issue and limit the opposing offense in yards and third-down percentage, then the Packers will be one step closer to that Super Bowl trophy.
The Green Bay Packers have one of the best wide receiver tandems in the league. Then again, it also helps to have the magic man throwing to them.
With the triple threat of Greg Jennings, Donald Driver and Rodgers' new favorite, Jordy Nelson, it is almost impossible to hold this team to a 20-point game. In fact, the lowest scoring game they had this season was when they beat the St. Louis Rams 24-3.
Don't get too caught up on the wide receivers, though, because when he's needed, the Packers bring out their heavy-duty weapon—tight end Jermichael Finley. There is really no denying that any defense facing this squad has their hands full.
Aaron Rodgers. What is there to say about this guy?
Let's start out by saying that he is an ALL-OUT BOSS! So far this year, he has 39 touchdowns and only six interceptions.
He has my vote for MVP—that's for sure!
Aaron Rodgers is a mastermind QB. Everything from his physical game to his mental game this year has been essentially flawless.
Not to say that the Green Bay Packers would be a bad team without him, but they definitely wouldn't be an undefeated, No. 1-seeded team. This guy is the heart and soul of the Green Bay Packers. He provides leadership and passion and that magical touch that he puts on the ball right before he throws it.
In conclusion, I believe that Aaron Rodgers will bring his mightily-talented Green Bay Packers squad into the Super Bowl...and they will come out victorious!