Many claimed this would be Aaron Rodgers’ swan song season with the Green Bay Packers after there was plenty of speculation regarding his future before the NFL campaign.
However, with the veteran quarterback in great form at Lambeau Field and with the team pushing for another Super Bowl crown, Rodgers might well be lining up for the Packers next season.
Fences Mended After Uncertain Season Start
Unhappy with aspects of the franchise going into the current campaign, there were suggestions Rodgers’ time with the Packers was up. The experienced playmaker was linked with rival teams, and the Packers organization was at the center of attention it never asked for or wanted. Months down the line, the Packers are clearly the best team in the NFC North and find themselves at +350 favorites in the betting on NFL to go all the way and win the Super Bowl. It’s still not certain what was at the heart of the upheaval before the season, but what looks to be certain is that it’s water under the bridge.
Packers fans will have been concerned at the very start of the campaign when their side was thrashed 38-3 in their opening game of the regular season at the New Orleans Saints. However, Rodgers and Green Bay soon found their rhythm and went on to put together a seven-game winning run. Three defeats in their first 16 outings of the season is the reason why many punters are backing the Packers to go all the way and land what would be a fifth Super Bowl title this season.
Rodgers With a Point to Prove
Rodgers has thrived this season and shown some of the forms that helped the Packers go all the way and win the Super Bowl against the Pittsburgh Steelers back in 2011. It was Rodgers who won the MVP that day at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas as Green Bay ran out 31-25 winners. It now seems Rodgers is enjoying somewhat of a renaissance with his form, having recorded an impressive 35 touchdown passes in his first 15 outings of the season. With 3,977 passing yards in those games and three rushing touchdowns, the 38-year-old has shown he is still one of the best in the business.
Tom Brady managed to guide the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Super Bowl glory last season at the age of 43. Proving age is just a number, Brady showed he was capable of winning a Super Bowl ring away from his beloved New England Patriots. Rodgers is also advancing in years but his form will be giving Packers fans hope that he can earn a second career Super Bowl title this season.
If Rodgers does manage to guide Green Bay to the Vince Lombardi Trophy, the disruptions at the start of the campaign will be a distant memory, and the star quarterback will likely be seen in the green and gold once again next season.