This years’ Green Bay Packers team just FEELS different. In a massive conquest of the Vikings on Monday night the Packers put the entire league on notice.

The momentous triumph marked the Packers first ever win at U.S. Bank stadium. With a win Sunday in Detroit, Green Bay can claim their first bye since 2014.

An historic turnaround led by head coach Matt Lafleur has propelled Green Bay forward in 2019. The Packers are right back into the upper echelon of teams. This team relies on its excellent defensive line to harass opposing quarterbacks. Defensive co-ordinator Mike Pettine has fashioned a phenomenal 4-man rush. Putting the likes of standout Za’Darius and Preston Smith, along with Kenny Clark and rookie rusher Rashan Gary in a position to succeed. This may be the Packers greatest defense since 2010, and gives Green Bay a chance in each and every game. Monday’s performance displayed the immense improvement on the defensive side of the ball.

Running back Aaron Jones is now a star. Leading the league in touchdowns with 19 entering week 17, the third year back out of UTEP has been phenomenal. With backfield mate Jamaal Williams also a threat in his own right, the pressure has been taken off Aaron Rodgers. The quarterback no longer has to make miraculous play after another and carry his team to victory.

Gratitude and thanks must be given to General Manager Brian Gutekunst for this wondrous improvement. The Packers went against the grain and finally spent money on impact free agents. Those off-season additions have come through in a big way, propelling Green Bay to the top of the NFC. With a win in Detroit, the Packers can ensure the playoffs will go through Lambeau.

Nick is a lifelong Packers fan. 4th and 26 was on his 13th birthday, unlucky. Follow him @CANDRAFTGEEK647 on Twitter for all your Packers draft needs and questions.