It was a rocky first half of regular season to say the least for the Green Bay Packers. The once-dominant squad started the 2016 campaign in typical fashion winning four out of their first six games. Then the team began to struggle losing four games in a row. Many started to question whether the team and superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers were on the decline.
Six straight wins and a playoff berth later, the Packers appear to be a legitimate Super Bowl title contender. Rodgers is back to form as an elite player under center and even Hall of Famer Brett Favre has given his former team high praise. Favre recently dubbed the Packers the team to beat in the NFC, via ESPN:
“Taking emotion out of it, I believe that the Packers are the team to beat, and I believe that they will be in the Super Bowl,” Favre said on his weekly SiriusXM Radio show. “Not taking anything away from the Giants, not taking anything away from Atlanta and the Cowboys and so on and so forth. I just feel like within the Packers organization, [coach] Mike McCarthy may be saying, ‘Hey, we’ve got to improve here or we’ve got to improve there.’ Of course, coaches are going to say that, but I feel like collectively speaking, they’re as close to hitting on all cylinders as possible; not perfect, and nobody is, but they’re super-productive on offense.”
After securing a playoff berth, the Packers will take on the red-hot New York Giants in the NFC Wild Card Game on Sun. Jan. 8. Much like Green Bay, the Giants finished the regular season strong winning nine of their last 11 games. Along with playing extremely well, New York was the only team get the best of the top-seeded Dallas Cowboys twice this season.
The winner of the Packers-Giants showdown will move on to face either the Cowboys or Atlanta Falcons. Green Bay is as confident as any team in the league at the moment and will be a tough opponent for any team they face moving forward.