It’s the line I’ve heard for the last two weeks. It’s the message from Packers’ fans as they unify. Go Pack Go!
If I had a quarter for every time somebody has asked me how I thought this game was going to go or are the Green Bay Packers going to win the Super Bowl, I could have retired.
It’s the language. How about those Packers! Boy isn’t that Aaron Rodgers something?
One interception returned for a touchdown and BJ Raji’s hip shake that followed, has sent Packers’ fans into a frenzy. Everybody is now “doing the Raji.” From school aged children and their teachers, all the way to senior citizen’s, everybody is doing the Raji.
Green Bay fans love their Packers like none other. When Clay Matthews signed a deal with Suave shampoo, local stores had a hard time keeping the product in stock. Everybody wants a piece of the action. They’ll associate themselves with anything Green & Gold.
The Packers didn’t even win their division. They lost 6 games this season. But they’ve also won 5-straight games with their backs to the wall and at times, were dominant in doing so. They’re playing better football than anybody at the moment, and that’s why they’re favored to win the game.
I’m predicting a 27-20 win for the Packers! But, in my opinion, there’s two things that have to happen to see that through. 1) The Packers have to keep the Steelers blitz off of Aaron Rodgers. When Rodgers gets hit, like he did two weeks ago against the Bears, it affects him. If the Steelers can get to Rodgers and get some hits on him, they can slow down the Packers passing game. 2) The Packers have to keep the Steelers from converting on 3rd downs. Pittsburgh is #1 in the league in converting 3rd downs. Ben Roethlesberger is outstanding at making big plays on third downs. The Packers have to keep Rashard Mendenhall in check, which puts the Steelers in longer 3rd down scenario’s.
Also, some food for thought. The Steelers are underdogs. I’ve seen very few people predict a Steelers victory. They think the whole world is against them and will use that bunker mentality to their advantage. I don’t know about you, but I like it when people sell the packers short. It seems to work well for them. How will the Packers do when the shoe is on the other foot?