Yes. I said this. You don't have to even watch the game. Book it right now. I am convinced. No it's not April Fools Day. I am going out on the huge limb. Green Bay is going to win the Super Bowl. And the craziest thing is, Aaron Rodgers' long time NFC North Rival may have clinched it for him. Follow me here.
The Los Angeles Rams traveled to Arizona Monday night to take on the Cardinals. This was a statement game. Matt Stafford, the long time quarterback of the Detroit Lions needed this game. the Los Angeles Rams needed this game. They had lost three games out of the last four, and were staring at the possibility of the prospects of a guaranteed wildcard at best scenario in the upcoming playoffs. Stafford needed this win. All these years, Stafford has suffered in Detroit, and has the stigma, fair or not, as one that can not win the big game. He cannot win against teams with winning records. He is not a performer in big games on the road. Stafford will not be able to perform in the playoffs. Well, this may have been the biggest win in the career of Matt Stafford. This is new territory for Stafford. He won a big game on the road. Those are few and far between. He has had his chances. Most notably 2017. All he needed to do is win in week 17 at home against Green Bay, ironically enough, and they not only would have won the division, but hosted a playoff game, something Stafford never has done, and something Detroit hasn't done since 1993. But that is in the past. A small demon has been exorcised this past Monday night in Arizona. Stafford and his Rams are still alive for that division crown, and a chance for another first....a home playoff game for Matt Stafford. But with that, inadvertently, Stafford may have helped an old rival clinch the fast track to home field advantage, and the Super Bowl, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
All three teams sit at this writing at 10-3. If the season ended today, Green Bay would have the number one seed. Look at Green Bay's remaining games. One would have to say the toughest opponent is this weekend...a road game with Baltimore. They have Cleveland on Christmas night, Minnesota, and of course Detroit on the last game of the year. These are all winnable games. They have the tie break on Arizona and Tampa if all three remained tied. 8-2 conference record. They beat Arizona head to head. I truly believe they could go 3-1 down the stretch, finish 13-4 and still win the number one seed. Thank you Matt Stafford. There is no way you are going to win a road game in Lambeau in January. There is no way that Arizona is going to win a road game in Lambeau in late January, Dallas? Please....they have not won a road playoff game in how long? They are going to win in Lambeau? Aaron Rodgers and his toe like Sargent Hulka, are going to stick it so far.....ok you get it.
How can you not like Green Bay in this scenario? They are putting it all together at just the right time. Aaron Rodgers is having another MVP type year. They have the running game. They are toying with the competition. They made Chicago look ridiculous last week. If you can get past the Cris Collingsworth puke love fest of Rodgers, you can see that Aaron Rodgers is the best QB this year. He should win the MVP. All they have to do is have adequate defense, and they are headed to Los Angeles and play for the Lombardi Trophy.
It is so ironic that this scenario has been helped by an old nemesis. Matt Stafford, I know is feeling pretty good with that big win, as he should. He has suffered so much with Detroit, and has had to play second fiddle to Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay for all these years. Most of it, not his fault. Stafford is playing meaningful games in December. He will be playing in meaningful games in January for a change. But little did he know, the meaningfulness of the game this week was just as big for Green Bay as it was for him and his Rams. Packer fans, you should be sending Stafford a Christmas Card as a thank you. When the Rams come to Lambeau in January, make sure to thank him. When you are lining the streets of Green Bay for that February Super Bowl Parade/Aaron Rodgers going away party, make sure you thank Matt Stafford and remember December 13. The day Stafford helped you clinch the Super Bowl.
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