With yesterday’s 46-16 home rout of the Oakland Raiders, the Green Bay Packers brushed aside a playoff contender by halftime to win their 19th straight, moved a game away from clinching home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, and, at 13-0, kept the possibility of a perfect season squarely in sight. The Packers have the ability and type of remaining schedule to go 16-0 and they should finish the regular season undefeated.
This year, I thought it was going to be the three games in 11 days, but they passed that test. Looking at their remaining schedule – home vs. the Oakland Raiders, then at Kansas City, home vs. the Chicago Bears, and home vs. the Detroit Lions – they can finish undefeated. At this point the only way they don’t go undefeated, is if they defeat themselves.
With that said, its relevant that they are still playing for home field advantage throughout the playoffs, which they could lock up with a win and San Francisco loss. The only team remaining that worries me is the Detroit Lions. The Bears will be tough as usual, but their offense is struggling. Detroit plays dirty and hits after the whistle, and I prefer to keep our players upright and out of harms way. With that in mind,16-0 is fantastic, but I want back-to-back Lombardi Trophies!
The playoffs are a different animal and anything can happen. There are a couple of teams that will be tough the second time around, like the Saints, Falcons and Giants. The Giants did lose to New England on the last week of the regular season in 2007 and then went on to beat them the second time in the Super Bowl. In 2009, the Indianapolis Colts went 14-0 and lost their last two regular season games and then lost to the Saints in the Super Bowl. Dating back to last season, the Packers are 19-0, and if they finish 16-0 they will be 22-0 since last year. The Green Bay Packers are 33-8 since 2009. Just think how amazing that is!
In my opinion if they finish the regular season undefeated, they better be sure to win the Super Bowl. I would prefer them to have a year like last year, where they finished 10-6, got hot and won the Super Bowl. Do we want a 16-0 season – Yes! Do we want a Super Bowl win – Yes! Do I think the Pack can do both in the same season and be the first to do so since the Miami Dolphins – Yes!
Let’s sit back and continue to enjoy this incredible NFL ride the Packers are taking us on!