The Green Bay Packers were one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL at the beginning of the season.
Davante Adams’ absence ensured that quarterback Aaron Rodgers had no one to throw to for the first half of the year. Rodgers himself looked hobbled and hurt. The play calling was a mess. It was just a rough scene, all the way around.
Since dropping to 4-8 on the year, however, Green Bay has bounced back in a massive way. The team has won four straight outings and now find themselves one win away from the postseason.
A win against the Detroit Lions next Sunday gets them in.
This past weekend, after dismantling the Minnesota Vikings 41-17, Rodgers debuted his new all-business playoff haircut:
Aaron Rodgers has gone back to the clean cut. ✂️ pic.twitter.com/8887kJmtsl
— Sportsbook Review (@SBRReview) January 2, 2023
Earlier this year Rodgers tried to go for some sort of weird Peaky Blinders knockoff. Then he pivoted to an equally strange look after that. It was all very adventurous – like his weird new tattoo.
But the reality is that Rodgers is at his best when he isn’t being a crazy person. He is an MVP-caliber talent when he shuts up, focuses and plays football.
And that is precisely what he is doing right now.
Rodgers has dealt with a lot of off-the-field drama this year. Between him dating a witch, ending things with the witch on predictably bad terms, his ex-fiancée publicly beefing with the witch and his ex-fiancée getting over him by hooking up with an A-List actress – it has been one thing after another.
Of course he was distracted for large swaths of the 2022-23 NFL season.
Who wouldn’t be with all that going on?
An Ohio State staffer made an interesting Ryan Day confession before the Georgia game. https://t.co/fljCuKONVf
— Game 7 (@game7__) December 31, 2022
The time for play is over, though. Rodgers is now clearly focused on what matters most – getting into the playoffs.
Once there, if they can beat Detroit next week, Green Bay will have as much momentum as any squad in the league.
Could 2023 prove to be the year Rodgers claims that elusive second Super Bowl crown? Time will tell.
A graduate from the University of Texas, Anthony Amador has been credentialed to cover the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and high school games all over the Lone Star State. Currently, his primary beats are the NBA, MLB, NFL and UFC.