Packers Planet, it's a time for calm
Stephen O'Brien, Packers contributor
Aaron Rodgers, Mike McCarthy.Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The media are having a field day with your beloved Packers. Some analysts are even saying that their season is already over.
People are pointing at the offensive line and saying it isn’t strong enough.
People are pointing at Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCathy’s sideline spat and saying that there is friction there.
People are pointing at our secondary, saying it isn’t good enough. I am pointing right back and saying that they all have very short memories.
Cast your minds back to this time last year, where did the Packers stand?
That’s right, 1-2 after a painful loss to the Seahawks.
Blame the referees all you want, but the fact that the game came down to that infamous ‘Fail Mary’ shows that the game was tight and was almost lost before the poor decision by the officials.
The only difference was that back then, people didn’t have the fodder that they have now about the Packers o-line or secondary.
In fact, last year, the Packers had lost to the Niners in week 1 in the fortress that is Lambeau Field.
Do you remember how the Packers finished last year? That’s right, 11-5 with a playoff berth.
If you cast your minds further back to an even more glorious time, this season is reminiscent of the 2010 Super Bowl-winning season where the Packers got off to a shaky start but ended up bringing the Lombardi trophy back to it’s rightful place.
By week 6, the Packers were a lowly 3-3 and had lost almost all of their road games.
In fact, it took them until week 8 to win on the road again after week 1, and this was a low scoring 9-0 game against the Jets.
Even more surprising, this was only one of three road wins the Packers had in the regular season after losing to the Bears, the Redskins, the Dolphins, the Falcons, the Lions and the Patriots on the road.
The Packers ended the season 10-6 only to defeat all of their opponents on the road to the Super Bowl win against the Steelers.
So far this season, the Packers have lost two on the road but trounced the Redskins in Lambeau Field.
If it is the case that we are finding it hard to win on the road, 2010 should stand as a reminder that as long as the Packers grab enough wins to get us to the playoffs, they stand an excellent chance of reaching form by the end of the season and igniting another blistering run to a Big Apple face off for the Lombardi trophy.
Detroit is next up. Their main strengths are their run game with Reggie Bush and Joique Bell along with the formidable force of Calvin Johnson.
The Packers are run stopping experts. That should nullify the run threat.
With Casey Hayward and Morgan Burnett back in the fold to put tabs on "Megatron," the Packers have a great starting point to revamp their slow start and dominate with a healthy team of both veterans and youngsters hungry for success and gaining more experience with every win.