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Author: Jon Kuzma
Things have went fairly well for the Green Bay Packers over their first four games. Aaron Rodgers and company have improved to a 2-1-1 record and that’s set them up well for at least the next two weeks. Green Bay will take on the Lions and then the 49ers over those couple of games. Obviously those are both winnable match ups and that’s a real opportunity to get to 4-1-1. When a team has a start like that everyone starts to believe in the direction the organization is heading. Good morale always results in motivated players and that’s when the Packers will be a their best. The defense is one of the key reasons Green Bay has got back on track after a losing season in 2017. Most of the talent is on that side of the ball and they’re ranked in the top 10 in a couple of key categories (6th in yards surrendered and 7th in pass defense). Of course Aaron Rodgers has been his typical self but he’s got the job done in a different way this season. Rodgers has thrown for 1,130 yards and 7 touchdowns but the biggest thing he’s done is only thrown 1 interception. The 2x MVP knows if he eliminates turnovers he will have a serious shot at winning because the defense can get stops if opposing offenses have to go the whole field to score. So by being more conservative Rodgers is actually helping his team avoid any disasters. It’s also crucial that the highest paid player in the NFL (Rodgers) elevates his play the rest of the way and avoids stumbling in any trap games. The Packers have several opponents that fit that mold including the Jets, Cardinals, and Seahawks. After Green Bay handles business against those second-rate teams they have to at least steal a game or two away from the Rams, Patriots, or Vikings. There’s no easy wins in the NFL but we know which teams tend to struggle. A lot them seem to be on the Packers schedule and they have to like where they’re sitting at the moment because the league gave them an easy path.
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Aaron Rodgers has the perfect opportunity to get Green Bay back to the postseason. It’s still early but their schedule is very favorable.