With the recent 38-35 victory of the Green Bay Packers over the mere .500 team of the New York Giants, it's become apparent that this perfect 12-0 team is indeed beatable. With a schedule to end off the 2011 season the likes of the 7-5 Oakland Raiders, 5-7 Kansas City Chiefs, 7-5 Chicago Bears, and the 7-5 Detroit Lions don't be surprised if this team does in fact finish the season off with a perfect 16-0 record.
When rolling into the playoffs this team may find issues very quickly, as the final four games of this season may very well lull them into the idea that all the NFL has to offer for competition is teams barely holding on to a sub-par record. As the Giants showed us last Sunday, the Packers ARE a team that can be led to play down to their opponents’ level, even when it is clear they are the better team. It is almost as if they entered the game with an air of cockiness surrounding them, as though the game were simply going to be won by default. The defense can thank Aaron Rodgers for saving them from themselves.
Now the question becomes, when the Packers make the playoffs, what will they do if they come into a game with this same issue but, are up against a quarterback that can match or better Rodgers' output? Sure, there are few QB's in the league that could actually pull it off (The Manning's, Brady, Brees to name a couple) but, it's no longer the regular season where the Packers would be facing these average teams. If Rodgers and the Packers are truly going to pull this perfect season off they need to get off their high-horse right now and realize that they are just as imperfect in some aspect as the Indianapolis Colts are. This may seem unreasonable but, it's the truth. The pass defense is absolutely horrid, and have you seen the Packers run game? Safe to say there are issues there that need to be dealt with for them to continue winning.
The threats are there.
If the Packers stroll into the playoffs and don't come prepared, just as they did against the Giants, they will be beat, and beat soundly. There are teams, though their records don't indicate it, that are playing far better football than this team right now and they will threaten them in the playoffs. If the Packers play anywhere near as bad against a team such as the Saints in say the NFC Final, or even perhaps the Patriots in the Super Bowl, as they did against the Giants, the Packers will be handled quite easily. Tom Brady and Drew Brees can easily handle keeping up or bettering Rodgers' stats and they also both have solid teams to back them up in the effort.
This is just a simple warning to all you Packers fans. Don't count your chickens before they hatch.
- Jhett Folk