Perhaps the most pointless off-season story other than a player claiming to be in the best shape of his life is a player boasting that his team not receiving enough respect will somehow propel them to glory. So thanks for this, Aaron Rodgers.
The Packers no longer are one of the trendy NFC teams: Those teams reside in the NFC West.
“I love it. I love being under the radar,” Rodgers told Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com recently. “For sure, we’re a contender. For sure. I mean, we’re going to put ourselves in position to win a lot of games. Our goal is to win our division and get to the playoffs. And anything can happen.”
Wait, so your team is a contender yet you’re flying under the radar? How does that work? WHO ARE THESE PACKERS ANYWAY? HAVE THEY BEEN CERTIFIED AS AN NFL FRANCHISE? WHY AM I USING RADAR FOR FOOTBALL ANALYSIS? THAT SEEMS A FOOLISH MISUSE OF AN EXPENSIVE TECHNOLOGY.
Perhaps the 49ers and the Seahawks have received more national media attention over the off-season. That might have something to do with the fact that they’ve made more acquisitions. People also like the idea of two Super Bowl favorites being in the same division. Meanwhile, the Packers have stood pat and tried to build through the draft, which is generally what the Packers do. Indeed, the 49ers have 9-2 odds to win the Super Bowl, while the Seahawks are getting 8-1 odds. Those dark horse Packers are way back at 12-1, which gives them the fifth-best odds of making the Super Bowl. Fifth! They’re practically lumped in with the Jaguars!