Life is good for the Green Bay Packers and their fans right now.
Back-to-back 50 point performances against your most hated rival and then one of the best teams in the NFC will put a little spring in your step. Aaron Rodgers continues his torrid pace with 28 touchdowns on the year and only three (THREE!) interceptions.
Green Bay remains tied with the Detroit Lions for first place in the NFC North but given how the Packers are blowing opponents away and that the Lions consistently need last minute heroics to win games, it’s clear the Packers are truly the ones in the driver’s seat.
The Packer faithful have been downright giddy. Memes are all over the internet mocking the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles and pumping up Rodgers in his pursuit of a second NFL MVP award. Short of winning a Super Bowl, Packers fans are having the time of their lives.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy has publicly stated his staff needs to keep the team focused and not become overconfident.
The same could be said for the fans.
Chew on this statistic for a moment: Green Bay could finish the season 7-9. They could also finish 13-3. While fans are already gleefully talking playoffs, the reality is the Packers have not clinched a thing yet. Sure they’re hot now but playoff spots are not handed out in Week 12. There is a very good chance the NFC North comes down to Week 17 when the Lions play the Packers at Lambeau Field.
Detroit isn’t going to collapse again. They have a grown man at the helm in Jim Caldwell now instead of man child Jim Schwartz. These are not the same old Lions.
On any given Sunday any team can win any game. The Packers also remain one hit on Rodgers away from having the season go down the drain. This isn’t news as it has been the same for every game the past few seasons. Last season saw a promising start derailed by a Rodgers injury.
Packer fans often bemoan the arrogance of other fan bases but the moment the Packers get on a hot streak like they are now, Packer Nation becomes perilously close to what they despise about other fans.
Enjoy the run they’re on but don’t rub it in other people’s faces. Football is a fickle game and the hand of fate can make a turn very very quickly.
McCarthy says he is having the team take the rest of the season game by game.
Fans would be wise to follow suit. Save the Super Bowl talk for January. In fact don’t even look ahead to the New England Patriots. The Minnesota Vikings are up next and they very well could beat the Packers Sunday afternoon.
Any given Sunday.——————
Kris Burke is a sports writer covering the Green Bay Packers for AllGreenBayPackers.com and WTMJ in Milwaukee. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) and his work has been linked to by sites such as National Football Post and CBSSports.com. Follow @KrisLBurke