|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL The Green Bay Packers are fierce this year in the NFC, and more than ready for the 2011 playoffs.
But the playoffs, as we all know, are always unpredictable. Green Bay needs three consecutive wins on the road to rep the NFC in the Super Bowl. Unfortunately for them, and when betting on the Super Bowl take note: they have a sad 3-5 road finish this season. In addition, they lost the previous four road games during the playoffs. Other odds to consider, no team in NFL history has ever won the Super Bowl if it finished the regular season with a losing mark on the road, and no NFC sixth seed has ever advanced to the Super Bowl. But, now for the Packers positives.
Green bay luckily has one of the best defensive units in this years’ post season. This unit ranks second in scores, and 5th in total defense, with 15 points and 309.1 yards allowed per game. Will this be enough for the Sunday game in Philadelphia against the very strong Eagles squad? Kick off begins at 4:30 PM Eastern Standard Time.
Now let’s look at their quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. When betting on the Super Bowl note these Rodgers stats:
Rodgers threw for 3,922 yards this season with 28 touchdowns and 11 interceptions despite missing a game and a half because of a concussion. In his first three seasons as a starter, he has thrown for 12,394 yards with 86 touchdowns, 31 interceptions and a 64.6 completion percentage. He is a very talented athlete, and has lead the way for the Packers this season, but will this continue under playoff pressure?
Coach Mike McCarth believes that Rodgers career numbers have been phenomenal. But, the Packers had missed the playoffs in ’08 which was Rodgers’ first year as a starter. Then they had made it in as a wild card las year, and Rodgers had a huge game vs. the Arizona Cardinals, throwing for 423 yards and a whopping four touchdowns! But unfortunately it was his own fumble that cost them the game. However, he does not believe the post season pressure will really affect him. One of his self proclaimed greatest strengths is his ability to stay levelheaded under any circumstance.