2014 NFL Playoffs: 5 Reasons Why Green Bay Packers Will Win the Super Bowl
5 Reasons The Packers Will Be Super Bowl Champions
The Green Bay Packers must have done a lot of praying before the game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, because God truly handed them one heck of a gift. Sometimes as sports fans, all you can do is sit back and wonder, “how in the world did that just happen?” It is funny how sports, more than just about anything, can leave us utterly speechless and in sheer awe.
With the return of Aaron Rodgers and Randell Cobb to the offense, it took time and some heartache before the Green Bay offense finally found a rhythm. Once Rodgers was able to return to his impossible throw-completions and stellar play-changing at the line, Green Bay was back on track.
It has been three seasons since the Lombardi trophy has been brought to Titletown, USA. Packer fans will remember just how difficult and trying the playoffs were the past two seasons, especially losing both games in the second round. In each of the past two playoffs, both the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers have had the Packers' number.
Why should a team that is dealing with injuries like no other in the NFL be a Super Bowl favorite? Regardless if you are a fan of the Packers or not, you have to respect what they have been able to accomplish not only in past seasons, but this season especially. If you take a step back and look at everything that the organization has had to overcome, it seems like no team in all of football deserves a Super Bowl more.
The NFC North is, without a doubt, one of the most difficult conferences to play in. Whichever team is able to emerge out of that conference as champion deserves a shot at the Lombardi trophy in February. Green Bay has continuously fought past adversity this season, but now, they have all the right pieces together on offense. The Packers are hungry for a championship and will stop at nothing to win the Super Bowl.
This slideshow is five specific reasons why the Green Bay Packers will be crowned Super Bowl champions this coming February.
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5. Andrew Quarless Emerging As Consistent Threat
After the scary injury to Jermichael Finley early in the season, no one knew who would step up at the tight end position. For several weeks, Quarless and several other tight ends did their best to pick up the slack; unfortunately, they could not. Then, magically, Quarless suddenly became an incredibly dangerous threat, having back-to-back games of six catches and a touchdown. Since that point, his numbers have gone down somewhat, but he still has been a consistent threat for Matt Flynn and now Aaron Rodgers. Regardless if you think it or not, Quarless is very valuable to the Packers' attack this postseason.
4. The Desire To Win From Aaron Rodgers
It seems like no matter what you say about Aaron Rodgers, you always come back to one thing: he is one of the best in the NFL at the quarterback position. Since returning from his seven-week injury, Rodgers has officially led the Packers to the playoffs and he is far from finished. It seems like no matter what he does, it always turns to gold. Regardless of him getting intercepted twice against the Bears, Rodgers is still playing like his old self. His never say never attitude will be the fuel for the Green Bay fire as they look to push toward the promised land and end up at Super Bowl XLVIII.
3. Randell Cobb Is Back And Still Dangerous
A player that surely would have gone to the Pro Bowl had he been healthy all season long, Cobb returned this past Sunday and played like he had never left. Cobb caught not one, but two touchdown passes, one being the game-winner against Chicago. Now that he is back and looking to be as nimble and dangerous as ever, it can be assumed that he will only get more dangerous as the playoffs roll on. Aaron Rodgers will be looking for Jordy Nelson and Cobb numerous times in the upcoming games and will rely heavily on them for a majority of the Packers' offensive production.
2. The Streamroller Running Of Eddie Lacy
The heart and soul of the Packers' rushing attack, Eddie Lacy definitely deserves full consideration for NFC Offensive Rookie of the year. Lacy ended the 2013 season with 11 rushing touchdowns, 1,178 yards on the ground and 4.1 yards a carry. With every passing game, Green Bay is looking more and more impressive with this monumental draft pick. Lacy is the type of player that the Packers' offense has been in desperate need for and now they have found him. Green Bay must make sure to use the rushing attack of James Starks and Lacy as a solid one-two punch as they go along the playoff stretch. Lacy has proven that he is willing to jump, smash and roll over defenders in order to gain the yards needed and score valuable points when the game is on the line.
1. The Dynamic Play Of Jordy Nelson
One of the biggest snubs of the 2014 Pro Bowl, Nelson has played almost out of his mind during the 2013 season. After being called on to carry the offense, Nelson responded by posting some of his best numbers ever. Nelson broke his single-season receptions, receiving yards and targets all in one season by catching 85 passes, 1,314 receiving yards and 126 targets. Aaron Rodgers was happy to be back on the field with Nelson on Sunday, as he hit Jordy for 10 catches and 161 receiving yards. His presence on the field will be the difference maker for Green Bay, especially with their first game against a dangerous 49ers' defense during this Sunday’s Wild Card matchup.