There are many reasons for this impressive statistic, but the most important reason is clear – consistency in the man under center.
The Packers played well at home over that decade with an impressive 65-15 record, but even more importantly, it’s been the Packers’ record on the road that has factored into the team’s success.
Russell S. Baxter (@BaxFootballGuru) tweeted the statistics you see below outlining all of the team road records for the NFC North. As you can see, the Packers with their 48-40 record on the road is 10 games better than the Bears, 16 better than the Vikings and 31 games better than the lowly Lions.
— Russell S. Baxter (@BaxFootballGuru) April 7, 2013
As is to be expected, the Packers won 10 or more games during all of those eight seasons when they made the playoffs. During this past decade, the Bears have had four seasons with 10 or more wins, the Vikings have had three and the Lions have recorded double digit wins just once.
The consistency in winning both on the road and at home can be attributed to consistency in quarterbacks leading the team. Since 2002, the Packers have had two quarterbacks, Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers – with two games played by Matt Flynn (one of them when Rodgers was rested in the final game of 2011).
Compare that to the Bears and seven quarterbacks who led the team in yards passing over the past decade: Jim Miller, Kordell Stewart, Chad Hutchinson, Kyle Orton, Rex Grossman, Brian Griese and Jay Cutler.
The Lions have had five quarterbacks leading the team in passing yardage the past decade: Joey Harrington, Jon Kitna, Dan Orlovsky, Shaun Hill, and Matthew Stafford.
For the Vikings, their quarterback situation has been similar. The team has had six different quarterbacks who have led the team in passing: Daunte Culpepper, Brad Johnson, Tarvaris Jackson, Gus Frerotte, Brett Favre, and Christian Ponder.
Consistency on the road and at home is clearly tied to the consistency of the guys under center.
One wonders why the Packers are about to make Aaron Rodgers the highest paid player in the National Football League. Should anyone question the reason why, point them to this post. It tells the story, clearly and simply.