Vikings at Packers: The Quarterback Is King

by @steven_lebron

Something hasn’t felt right about the Packers this season. I suppose some of that blame should go towards how well they’ve played the past two seasons, in which they won a Super Bowl and followed that up with a 15-1 regular season in which Aaron Rodgers and the offense put up historic numbers.

And then, they lost at home as the top seed, and started this season with a defeat at Lambeau to the 49ers, stumbling along the way to the Colts, to the replacement refs in Seattle and failed to show up in a statement game against the Giants (who aren’t even in the post-season, crazy league I tell you).

But check the starting quarterbacks in the divisional round this weekend: Matt Schaub, Andy Dalton, Christian Ponder, Russell Wilson, Joe Flacco, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III.

And then: Aaron Rodgers.

When it comes to experience and skill, there’s no question who the best is for this week at least. The quarterback is king in the playoffs — and even though we might need to start a Kickstarter to get Rodgers a competent running back, and a way to keep his receivers healthy all at once — and Rodgers wears the crown for this week.

In what felt like an underwhelming season, Rodgers went for 4,295 yards, a 67.2% completion rate, and a ridiculous ratio of 39 touchdowns against 8 interceptions (reminder, last season: 45 touchdowns, 6 interceptions, a higher completion percentage and over 400 more yards in passing. He sat Week 17 too, and got Matt Flynn paid. Great player, greater teammate).

He has a Super Bowl, but not a home playoff win at Lambeau yet.

With much respect to Adrian Peterson — who’s already put up two great games against the Packers this season — unless Minnesota can get Rodgers out of his comfort zone, none of the Packers’ flaws will matter for this week.

Mason Crosby misses three field goals, the defense allows Peterson to run all over them, and yet, only one player may matter.

34-17 Packers.

What does everybody else think?

Greg Jennings: Damn Jordy! You see how that ball just came to me in the end zone? It’s like it’s magic. A magical Jennings ball. Amazing….
Jordy Nelson: *thinking* …mashed potatoes first, or stuffing first? white meat or dark meat?
Green Bay: 7 Detroit: 0 (Halftime)
(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Greg Jennings: Damn Jordy! You see how that ball just came to me in the end zone? It’s like it’s magic. A magical Jennings ball. Amazing….

Jordy Nelson: *thinking* …mashed potatoes first, or stuffing first? white meat or dark meat?

Green Bay: 7 Detroit: 0 (Halftime)

(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Ladies and gents, the first Lambeau Leap of the year honors belong to Greg Jennings. Welcome back NFL.
(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Ladies and gents, the first Lambeau Leap of the year honors belong to Greg Jennings. Welcome back NFL.

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)