4. Good health in the playoffs
The Packers have 11 wins in the bag. They’ve found ways to win close games and make big plays just when they need them, but they’ve also been able to stay relatively healthy all year. While Davante Adams missed a month with a toe injury, Kevin King has played hurt and Bryan Bulaga had to leave a game early, the Packers have been fortunate with injuries this season.
Now, that can change at any moment. Take the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an example. Together, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin form arguably the league’s best receiving duo. This season, they’ve combined for 2,490 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns. But in the space of two weeks, they’ve both gone down with hamstring injuries and might not play again this season.
An injury to Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones, or one of the Smith Bros. could have a significant impact on the Packers’ championship hopes.
The Packers were able to stay relatively healthy in 2014, too. That was a great team, and staying healthy through the playoffs made a difference en route to the NFC Championship Game.
This year’s team has game-changers at key positions. If they can all stay healthy, anything is possible in the postseason.