Rodgers Could Very Well Lead Packers to the Super Bowl
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Before the 2016 season began, the majority of online sportsbooks had the Green Bay Packers listed as one of the favorites to compete in this year’s Super Bowl. But as the season wore one we got a real good look at the Packers, specifically the many weaknesses that plagued this onetime Super Bowl favorite; there was no running game, injuries left the secondary with more holes than Swiss cheese, and it seemed like on every play there was some form of miscommunication. These crippling attributes paved the way for a mid-season Packers’ 4-game losing streak that left many fans calling for Mike McCarthy’s head, questioning Rodgers’ talents, and ultimately disappointed in their team’s performance. But as Aaron Rodgers’ let the critics know, all was not lost and if Green Bay could close out the year on a win streak, they very well could find themselves playing in the postseason. At first many dismissed Rodgers’ comments because of how poorly the Packers had been playing. But now that Green Bay has won 4 straight, it’s impossible not to take the two-time MVP seriously.
This past weekend the Packers faced their division rivals, the Chicago Bears. The Bears-Packers rivalry is the longest in the NFL and it hardly ever matters which team has a better record because this rivalry always produces competitive, heated, hard-hitting contests. This past weekend’s contest was no exception and a last minute 60-yard pass from Rodgers to Jordy Nelson was all Green Bay needed to walk away with the win. In-arguably that contest was one of the best we’ve seen all season but now the Packers must prepare to face another divisional rival this upcoming weekend. Let’s see what the online NFL betting odds have to say about the red hot Packers.
NFL Odds – Week 16 – Saturday, December 24th
Green Bay Packers -6½ (-115) 43½ (-110)
In Week 16 the Packers will be welcoming the Minnesota Vikings to Wisconsin to face off at the historic Lambeau Field. As aforementioned, the 8-6 Packers will be coming into this contest with a 4-game winning streak while the 7-7 Vikings will be coming into this game fresh off their embarrassing 34-6 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Since the Packers have mounted this late-season resurgence, the best sportsbooks have had no choice but to favor them in this upcoming weekend’s contest.
The Packers have been extremely impressive these past few weeks. Maybe not impressive to paint them as Super Bowl favorites, but Green Bay’s playoff chances look great right now, just as great as Rodgers’ MVP chances. Early in the season it seemed obvious that Rodgers wasn’t in the MVP race, but with two games left in the season, if the veteran stud can deliver on his promise to ‘run the table’, it’s hard to imagine the award going to anyone else.
Heading into this game the Packers will sport the league’s 16th best rushing offense and 10th best passing game. On the other hand the Vikings have the 18th worst rushing defense but 3rd best pass defense. With Rodgers’ calf a little banged-up, sportsbook fans can expect Green Bay to rely on their running game once again this Sunday (the same running game that carved up the Bears for 200+ yards on the ground). If the Packers can get it done this Sunday and close out the season with a win against Detroit, Green Bay will win the NFC North and will be one step closer to competing in the Super Bowl.