Green Bay’s only loss came in last night’s nationally-televised game against the unbeaten Denver Broncos. The home team routed the Packers behind a stellar performance from future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning.
It seems likely that the squad from Wisconsin will have “blood in its eyes” when it visits the unbeaten Carolina Panthers, a team that has a Won-Loss record of 8-0 in the NFC South Division and, in fact, has not lost a regular season game since midway in the 2014-2015 Season. That was last year.
The Panthers can attribute their success so far this season to a stout defense and the weekly performances of starting quarterback and team leader, Cam Newton. While Newton’s game statistics always appear to be average, his performance on the field has been exceptional because he has a knack for coming up with big plays at opportune times.
The Packers, as every NFL fan knows, rely heavily on their sensational signal caller, Aaron Rodgers, the quarterback many consider to be the best in all of professional football. Rodgers, now in his prime, has superior athletic ability which enables him to avoid sacks and make plays. He is accurate when passing to all parts of the field. And he is blessed with a “sky-high” football IQ. It seems that he always makes the right decision.
Clearly, this game will be a face-off between two of the National Football League’s top quarterbacks. But, it will be much more than that, as well. While quarterbacks take all the credit and blame for wins and losses it is still a team game.
Eleven men on defense, on offense and on special teams always have to “step up” and perform at a high level in order for the team and its quarterback to get credit for a winning effort.
Interestingly, the Packers and the Panthers have quality performers on both sides of the ball. The Panthers challenge opposing offenses with a tough and rugged defense. For its part, Green Bay is best known for its ability to score points in bunches.
The game will likely challenge both squads to perform at a very high level with emotion, desire and dogged determination. Call it “a test of wills,” if you will. And if you are a fan that pays attention to pre-game odds, you can call this contest “a toss-up.”
In truth, regardless of which team prevails, the real winners will be the fans that watch the game.
Courtesy of Bleacher Report