I guess, should we be surprised? The Green Bay Packers are always among the Super Bowl favorites. There are plenty of reasons that consistently happens.
Oddly enough, the last time we talked about why the Packers SHOULDN’T be among the teams with the shortest odds to win the Super Bowl, they were coming off a disappointing season. It was 2015, when you’ll probably recall, Aaron Rodgers just wasn’t himself. He was more like a really good version of Ryan Tannehill, which is still nowhere near Normal Aaron Rodgers.
None of us were convinced the Packers were a Super Bowl outfit in 2016. Rodgers started slow again and then the Packers lost four in a row in the middle of the season. At that point, they sat at 4-6. We were predicting their doom. We liked nothing about that team at that point.
And then the proclamation. Rodgers: I think we can run the table.
The Packers needed six in a row. They got six in a row, primarily because Rodgers caught fire. That Packers’ team made it to the NFC Championship game before getting hammered by the Atlanta Falcons.
So what about this year? The Packers are coming off a pathetic 7-9 season. They missed the playoffs for the first time since the team went 6-10 in 2008.
Doesn’t even matter.
Odds for Super Bowl 53 are already out and guess what? The Green Bay Packers, are among the favorites as usual. In fact, they sit behind only the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles. They’re just ahead of another perennial favorite, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and division rival, the Minnesota Vikings.
That should also tell you the Packers trial only the Eagles as NFC favorites and they are favored to win the NFL North.
At this point, we’re just going to spell it out. It’s pretty much all Aaron Rodgers.
If he can stay healthy, of course the Packers have a shot. However, they’re going to need to beef up the defense if that’s going to be a real shot.