The Green Bay Packers are being overlooked by many analysts heading into this upcoming season, and the team’s quarterback appears ready to embrace this shift in how the team is viewed.
Green Bay has been looked at as a potential Super Bowl contender nearly every season over the past decade, and understandably so, given that it has one of the best quarterbacks to have ever played the position under center. And while Aaron Rodgers has shown signs of decline, he can never be counted out or overlooked.
But that’s what analysts have been doing over the past few months, with the majority of them picking the Vikings to win the division. There’s also been a lot of love for the Lions as a darkhorse. The Packers, however, haven’t been generating much buzz. Rodgers and his teammates have apparently taken note of it, however, and they’re essentially using it to motivate them.
“You know what, I don’t know about our squad,” Rodgers said Wednesday, via ESPN.com. “I think the beauty is there’s a lot of conversation about other teams, whether it’s Tom and Tampa, or the teams that were really solid last year, New Orleans, San Francisco, Seattle, Philadelphia, Dallas with Mike and what they’ve done to their roster. I like where we’re at as far as kind of flying under the radar, even though we went 13-3 last year. We’ve got a chance to prove what kind of team we are to start the season out on Sunday, and I look forward to the opportunity.”
The lack of hype for the Packers this season is fair. Drafting Jordan Love may have created some dissension between Rodgers and the Packers organization, and it will be interesting to see what impact that has in the locker room.