Peterson: Packers ready to win it all
Perhaps it was just the competition. Or playing in the frozen confines of friendly Lambeau Field.
But it’s apparent — after an impressive win over the over-rated Tennessee Titans on Sunday — that the Green Bay Packers have what it takes to get to the Super Bowl this season.
I’m not denying that I’ve been an anti-Packer fan for as long as I can remember. They’ve cost me more money in bets over the years to ever forget that.
But I have to admit this edition of the Packers has enough talent in this strangest of all years to win the National Football Conference.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is playing at a level that should earn him the Most Valuable Player laurels in 2020.
When he’s on his game, Rodgers makes the opposition look silly. It’s like he’s playing in a dummy scrimmage, with the opposing teams the dummies.
He also has a stellar receiver in Davante Adams, who is playing at an All-Pro level. Adams seldom, if ever, drops a pass. And he gets open with ridiculous ease.
What really impresses me is the running game that Green Bay has this year. Aaron Jones is a blazer who can break long runs. Backup Jamaal Williams is a punishing runner who would start on most teams.
And rookie A.J. Dillon looked more like the Titans’ ballyhooed runner Derrick Henry on Sunday. Dillon is a real diamond in the rough.
You really have to hand it to coach Matt LeFleur, who has done a great job of juggling the personalities on the team. That’s not easy.
Green Bay also has the mystique of chilly Lambeau as the last resort. Many foes have found that Wisconsin in January is not Honolulu as they battle to hang on to a frozen football.
Sure, there will be obstacles in the playoffs.
The New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks are dangerous teams with quarterbacks who can almost match Rodgers.
And don’t forget Tampa Bay and their aging quarterback Tom Brady, who knows a thing or two about winning titles. The Bucs also handled the Packers earlier this season with ease.
But I think it’s a good bet there will be a Packers-Chiefs Super Bowl meeting in February.