A Packer Fan's Commitment For the Rest of the NFL Season

I, Andrew Hanlon, vow to stop stressing about both of my fantasy teams, The Picks, finals, grades, completing an undefeated season, if and when a loss will finally come, and possible broken records for the entirety of the remaining NFL season.  I vow to step back and fully realize what an amazing and never before seen Green Bay Packer year this is (I say the word year because I'm not talking about an NFL season, I'm talking about a full calendar year) and the kind of team we've been blessed to watch since last December.

  • The Packers last loss came on December 19th of last year.  If they win their next 3 games against the Giants, Raiders, and Chiefs, they will have gone over 365 days without a loss, winning 20 straight games.  20.  And if they don't, really, how bad could it be?  19-1?*(See bottom)  Perspective, everybody.
  • Aaron Rodgers hasn't finished a game with a sub-100 QB rating this entire year.  He has a 71.8% completion percentage with 3,475 yards, 33 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions.  That means he throws 1 INT for every 8 touchdowns he throws.  He's on pace to finish with over 5,000 yards, 48 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.  Watching the game against Tampa Bay, we all thought, "Man, Rodgers is off today, he's not playing like he usually does, something must be wrong."  He finished the game with 299 yards, 3 TDs and an interception.  When he threw that pick, there was a collective silence among Packer fans.  We didn't really know how to register that in our brains.  Rodgers just threw a pick?... WTF?...  We were freaking out about a game where he threw for almost 300 yards and 3 TDs, because he seemed off and wasn't playing well.  Blessed.  Spoiled.  Don't know what word fits best here.  We're currently witnessing the greatest season ever by a Packers QB, a team that has a long history with some of the greatest quarterbacks who've ever played, including the Ol' Gunslinger.
  • The weapons that Rodgers have at his disposal may be the greatest receiving group ever assembled, and some of them aren't even playing to their full potential.  Greg Jennings is one of the best wideouts in the entire league, hands down.  Jermichael Finley is one of the best TEs and even though he hasn't been targeted as much recently because of constant double-teams, everyone knows he can take over a game by himself.  Jordy Nelson is having a breakout year and is becoming Rodgers 1a to Jennings.  James Jones is capable of making huge plays at any time, as he proved on Thanksgiving.  Randall Cobb is a rookie who's still learning, but he's a big play waiting to happen, not to mention he brings a return ability we haven't seen since Desmond Howard, who won a Super Bowl MVP.  Oh yeah, and we still have Donald Driver who has clearly dropped down on the depth chart, and hasn't made a peep.  Can anyone think of another veteran WR who's had the career Driver has had calmly and gracefully fading into the background, not messing with the chemistry that this team has?  Imagine if that happened to T.O.?  Any one of these guys could publicly bitch about how they don't get the ball enough, because they don't.  But they realize where this team is and what they can accomplish, and who their quarterback is.  I think this is something we frequently pass right over and don't give them enough credit for.  It's not only what they do on the field, but how they're handling themselves off.  I'm guessing Mike McCarthy probably has something to do with that, too.
  • Speaking of McCarthy, how does he not top the list for Coach of the Year?  Are you kidding me?  His team hasn't lost.  I get Jim Harbaugh is doing more with less and has completely turned around the culture in San Francisco.  I get John Fox had to re-make his entire offense to fit around Tim Tebow, and now Denver is vying for a playoff spot.  But again, McCarthy's team hasn't lost a game.  Harbaugh's team has lost 2 (won't even mention how bad their division is) and Fox's has lost 5.  How can you argue McCarthy shouldn't win?
  • The defense gives up yards, cool.  They give up some points too, sweet.  How many times have they given up more than the offense has scored?  None.  I've been saying it for weeks and I feel like I'm alone in realize that when your offense goes up 21-0 in the 1st quarter, you're going to give up yards.  The opposing offense is throwing basically every down for 3 quarters.  You're bound to give up yards and you'll probably give up points.  We still have great talent on defense, and they're playing well enough for us to make a Super Bowl run.
So this is why I'm making this vow.  Fantasy season is over.  I don't care if I win The Picks anymore.  I don't even care if the Packers go undefeated or not.  I don't care if Rodgers breaks Marino's record.  I'm going to sit back and soak in what's been the greatest season in my lifetime, the greatest year-long Packer run in my lifetime, and watch the greatest Packer team in my lifetime make a Super Bowl run.  And I'm going to completely enjoy the entire ride, even if they don't go undefeated.

*- Bringing up that number honestly terrifies me.  But as long as the 1 isn't the Super Bowl, frankly who gives a damn.

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