Everyone loves to be the underdog. Overlooked and disrespected always seems to go a long way in the athletic world. And it seems the Packers are coming into the 2019 season as at least one of the two.
Don’t get me wrong here, as long as Rodgers is the quarterback of the Packers, national pundits will always give the Packers better than average odds at a championship. But much of the focus after last season is on the Bears in the North and others like the Saints and Rams across the NFC.
This is a good thing. With the Bears and Vikings in the NFC North, the attention almost goes directly to those teams. With a first-year head coach and a team coming off two down years, there’s no reason to wonder why. But lowered expectations can only benefit this team.
Outside of Aaron Rodgers, the Packers have not been a team that’s played with a chip on their shoulder. A little extra motivation, especially on defense, could go a long way for this team.
An aggressive attitude and killer instinct are not terms that have been linked to this team. A team feeling disrespected and overlooked can give the players an us against the world mentality, and it could unite the team after a year of change and discontent.