Three reasons why the Packers can win it all this year
With playoff football on the horizon, it’s Super Bowl or bust for all 12 teams. FOX Sports NFL insider Alex Marvez gives three reasons why each team will win the Super Bowl XLIX.
A first-round bye: Not only are the Packers guaranteed at least one home game at Lambeau Field as the NFC’s No. 2 seed, Aaron Rodgers has extra time to rest his injured calf. Without their star quarterback, Green Bay’s championship hopes are likely up in smoke.
Rodgers himself: He has posted gaudier statistics before, but Rodgers has never looked as comfortable as this season, when he passed for 38 touchdowns and just five interceptions. A power running game spearheaded by Eddie Lacy (1,139 rushing yards) serves as an excellent complement to Green Bay’s passing attack.
A two-headed pass rush: The addition of free agent Julius Peppers (seven sacks, two interceptions) and creative use of fellow linebacker Clay Matthews (11 sacks) has helped coordinator Dom Capers harass quarterbacks far more effectively than in recent seasons. Green Bay’s run defense also has improved throughout the season with the blossoming of younger players such as inside linebacker Sam Barrington and safeties Morgan Burnett and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.