Column: Aaron Rodgers has the best Super Bowl chance since his first trip

Soon we’ll see if Aaron Rodgers can climb the mountain that blocked Brett Favre.

How old was the boy Favre when he won Super Bowl MVP honors?

Twenty-seven years and 108 days.

With many years of football ahead of him, people thought Favre would collect a second Super Bowl ring.

Only he never did, despite returning to eight Super Bowl tournaments.

“We’re a one-year-old wonder, just a fart in the wind,” Packers architect Ron Wolf said 25 years ago, after watching the Super Bowl in San Diego which favored lost Green Bay, against Denver, a year after Favre and Co. defeated New England.

How old was Rodgers when he won the Super Bowl MVP title?

Twenty-seven years and 66 days.

Identical to Hall of Fame member Favre, who had kept him on the Green Bay bench for the first three years of his career, Rodgers returned to eight Super Bowl tournaments without winning one.

Will the ninth trip ahead see Rodgers claiming the Lombardi Trophy on February 13 at the Kroenke Dome, after the 56e Is the Super Bowl over?

Led by Rodgers, a former San Diego resident, the Packers positioned themselves as the betting favorite to win the event in four rounds.

Green Bay (13-3) is the first team to get a seed.

Kansas City Chiefs get second-best Super Bowl odds.

Three teams are grouped into the following group: defending champion Tampa Bay, Buffalo and the Los Angeles Rams.

Of Rodgers’ nine playoffs since winning Super Bowl XLV over Pittsburgh just 11 times, the current one looks the most favorable.

Consider that in three of the four NFC title games Rodgers and Co. lost in that span, three were on the road and the home loss – a year ago – came to Tom Brady.

It should never be surprising that Brady, who owns six Super Bowl rings, wins a playoff game. Against Rodgers last year at Lambeau Field, Brady had a brilliant first half as the three-point underdog Tampa won 31-26.

Rodgers did pretty well that day. But the performance did not reach Rodgers’ peak. He forced a pass that became a critical interception in the first half. He made poor decisions near the goal line.

The Bucs showed Brady had a keen sense of talent when he signed with Tampa last March.

Compared to Green Bay, the Bucs’ offensive line and defensive front were both superior. Rob Gronkowski’s blocking and catching performances, in the NFC title game and the Kansas City Super Bowl rout that followed, reinforced the fact that Gronkowski is the best tight end of his generation and a big one of them all. the temperature.

This time around, improved circumstances for Rodgers include Brady who recently lost two of his top-3 receivers, Chris Godwin (knee) and Antonio Brown (who left the team on Sunday for reasons that are still unclear. ).

Running back AJ Dillon matured in his second season, while running back Aaron Jones rebounded from a poor NFC Championship game. Cornerback Rasul Douglas is to Green Bay what Eddie Rosario was to the Atlanta Braves last year: a veteran who has returned dollars in pennies since joining mid-season.

If Peyton Manning and Brady are correct that the noise of a home crowd can scramble communications of a visiting offense with significant effect, the Packers are expected to benefit from nearly 75,000 more fans at Lambeau compared to January last when the pandemic limited capacity to 7,772.

Even so, several NFC rivals appear capable of winning in Green Bay.

The Cowboys (11-5) lead the NFC in the points differential (147) and have three scary rushers to accompany NFL interception leader Trevon Diggs.

“We believe we can win any game, anywhere,” said Dallas coach Mike McCarthy, who led Super Bowl-winning team quarterback Rodgers 11 years ago.

Among NFC teams, the Bucs (139) and Rams (91) have better point differentials than Green Bay (86). The Rams have won five straight games since a Week 12 loss to Lambeau in which two stars they had just earned, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and point forward Von Miller, were still in the process of s ‘acclimatize.

Coach Matt LaFleur’s Green Bay squad is not packed with star talent.

The Packers entered Sunday’s game at just 10e in the NFL Football Outsiders Analytics rankings, where Dallas, Tampa and the Rams placed first, second and fourth, respectively.

While the Week 9 loss to Kansas City with Rodgers sidelined by testing positive for COVID took a toll on that ranking, and three starters could soon return after missing most of the season, it’s Obvious: Green Bay, although a deserving favorite, isn’t a barrier to getting to Inglewood, let alone winning a fifth Super Bowl trophy.

Three things

  • Why are Chargers watching Titans return RB Derrick Henry? They would go to Nashville for the Tennessee playoff opener if three things happened: 1) the Chargers claim the AFC final seed by winning Sunday night in Las Vegas, against a Raiders team who was a 3 point underdog when opening the betting lines; 2) Chargers win fifth straight Wild Card game since the 2007 team triumph in San Diego against Tennessee under first-year head coach Norv Turner; 3) The Titans win the AFC seed and the first round pass Sunday in Houston. Despite winning Week 11 in Nashville, the Texans (4-12) are a 10-point underdog.

    Henry, sidelined by a broken foot, last performed on October 31. As the No.1 seed, the Titans would open on January 22 or 23. Coach Mike Vrabel has said he will decide midweek whether it will be Henry’s three-week week.A window will open to unsubscribe him from the injured list. There are no plans to play it this week, Vrabel said. Former Chargers team doctor Dr David Chao has said Henry is set to return to the playoffs but likely won’t be in peak form.

  • If Broncos fire coach Vic Fangio, they can point to his 0.396 win rate via records of 7-9, 5-11 and 7-9 heading into this season’s final against the Chiefs. They may note that his offenses are over 28e, 28e and 23e (or roughly) and that Fangio’s decision to fire his first coordinator (Rick Scangarello, now 49ers quarterbacks coach) and replace him with Pat Shurmur was unsuccessful.

    In contrast, here are the starting quarterbacks John Elway provided Fangio in the manager’s first two seasons: Drew Lock (the leader, with 13 starts), a 34-year-old Joe Flacco, Brandon Allen, Jeff Driskel and Brett Rypien. . Last offseason, rookie general manager George Paton signed a good replacement, Teddy Bridgewater, who won Lock’s job but was twice injured. Why keep Fangio? His first defense was 10e in points, and the current unit is third despite high staff attrition. With a front row quarterback and a new offensive coordinator, what would Fangio do?

  • Cowboys Hall of Fame talent Gil Brandt out of Brown: “As you criticize him and his horrible behavior, remember that he had catalysts every step of the way. There have been a lot of souls sold. It’s good to say ‘he’s not a Buc anymore’ but he never should have been a Buc.

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