Just a few short weeks ago life was going nowhere and the Green Bay Packers needed somebody to help them out. But collar bones were breaking and Packer Nation was shaking, quarterback Aaron Rodgers was not going to be that somebody. In stepped Matt Flynn who has been kicked around all season long. Flynn didn’t necessarily arrive with wings of heaven on his shoes, but in the past couple weeks serving up victories against Atlanta and Dallas he just can’t lose. The Green Bay Packers are doing what is necessary and staying alive.
Sing it with me Packer Nation ah, ah, ah, ah stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive!
That felt good didn’t it?
If you like that, try this on for size. In the past three seasons going into week 16 the teams that went onto to win the Super Bowl had records of 9-5, 7-7 and 8-6. At 7-6-1 and needing to win their last two games to secure a playoff berth the Packers are in perfect position to get hot at the right time and roll into the second season with momentum. And with what looks like an inevitable return from Aaron Rodgers and a possible return of the Packers most dynamic receiver Randall Cobb, this could become a lot of fun.
I wrote a few weeks ago that the Lions would have difficulty holding a position of power. To the surprise of few, instead of heading to the playoffs the Lions are now well on their way to joining Cheech and Chong on their Colorado vacation. With the assistance of the NASA engineered right leg of Justin Tucker the Packers once again are in control of their own playoff destiny.
What I like about this Packers’ team at this point, a team coming off an emotional victory in Dallas is that they are playing inspired football. On Jason Wilde’s Tuesday’s With Aaron Show this past Tuesday Rodgers referenced a quote that he said he stole from Jason Simmons. He said, “You can’t motivate a guy, but you can inspire him.” With the loss of Rodgers the Packers have been pushed around and after a few hard knocks they are learning to play with their backs against the wall. This process of getting beaten down and then regaining their feet without their assumed savior Aaron Rodgers seems to have unified the team.
After the victory in Dallas Eddie Lacy, a guy who has played a big role in the Packers surge said some things that really made me take notice. Lacy talked about his affinity for his teammates, how he loved playing with them. He also mentioned how much fun the victory over Dallas was. Lacy, a collegiate national champion with Alabama; he knows a thing or two about how sweet a victory can be.
Winning without their best players on the field and their backs against the wall has galvanized this Packers’ team. Look no further than the 2010 squad to understand what an inspired team can do. We can try to understand the NFL’s effect on man, but it’s alright it’s OK the Packers are living to play another day. Because they are stayin’ alive, and that is all it takes.