When I didn’t think there was anything better than a Packers Sunday, waking up this morning knowing that it’s a Packers SATURDAY night just felt right. I don’t know, something about a little change of routine lately is refreshing. It’s the little things.
Green Bay will take on Carolina at Lambeau Field tonight. The Packers hosted the Panthers last season as well, winning 24-16.
Yeah securing the NFC North is cool, but there’s more to be done.
Not only is the Super Bowl the main topic of discussion when it comes to this Green Bay Packers football team, but Aaron Rodgers race to his third MVP title is another point of emphasis.
It goes without saying that Rodgers is having a season that most QB’s pray for.
And I get it. Patrick Mahomes is also that dude. But think about this for a second. I might now know much, but I know that Rodgers doesn’t and hasn’t had the type of weapons that Mahomes has on the Kansas City Chiefs.
Yet, Rodgers has been able to lead the Packers almost singlehandedly to where they are now and what they have become. Mahomes has a whole army behind him. A consistent one. Not to knock the Packers in any way, but, let’s be real y’all.
To me, that’s what tips the meter for me when I think of what is an MVP and who should be this years MVP. But I know I’m biased. Like I always say though, I’m not usually wrong about these types of things.
If Aaron Rodgers gets just ONE more passing touchdown this year, he’ll be the first QB ever with three separate seasons of 40 or more passing touchdowns.
He’s already had nine games with at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions, the most in a single season in NFL history, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
And that’s MY quarterback.
The Panthers though, lead by Teddy Bridgewater, are on a downhill slump. They’ve lost four out of the last five games, while the Packers have won four and could potentially win their fourth straight game after tonight’s game.
Three of the Panthers’ past four losses have been decided by a total of eight points. In seven of Carolina’s losses, the Panthers had the ball late in the fourth quarter with a chance to win or send the game into overtime.
Last week, the Panthers let Broncos QB Drew Lock put up Rodgers numbers, locking in 4 touchdowns, and a 149.5 passer rating. Drew Lock. With those types of numbers.
Rodgers is about to have himself a NIGHT if the Panther perform the way they must’ve last week. Which I am all here for.
While no McCaffrey is a hit to Carolina, the passing game is still one to worry about. D.J. Moore is said to be back, and Robby Anderson and Curtis Samuel are also players of note.
Bridgewater last week without McCaffrey and Moore had 283 yards, 7.1 YPA, and a 94.1 rating; he was also sacked 4 times.
The Packers pass rush defense has been eh lately, but I’m not going to complain. In the past 2 games they’ve put up 11 sacks, so hopefully that momentum shifts into tonights game as well.
ESPN’s FPI gives the Packers a 74.8% chance to beat the Panthers.
I give the Packers a 100% chance to beat the Panthers. 34-24.
Saturday’s are for the Packers now. I don’t make the rules. Cheers to THAT. Let’s have a weekend and prepare for those Sunday scaries.——————
Samantha is a Saint Leo University graduate from Appleton, WI (the 920!). You can follow her on twitter at @Sam_Milliren.