Aaron Rodgers Holds the Key to Another Packers Title in NFC North
Since Aaron Rodgers has been the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, the team has owned the NFC North. The Packers have won the NFC North more times than not with him under center and they are the clear favorite again in 2017.
Earlier today, I posted at CheeseheadTV and broke down which teams in the NFC North are the greatest threat to Green Bay.
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My conclusion was that the Vikings are that team. This is for a few reasons. The first is that Vikings have done it, they won the division title back in 2015 by beating the Packers in Green Bay in Week 17, so who is to say they can’t do it again.
Minnesota has a great head coach in Mike Zimmer, a solid quarterback in Sam Bradford, one of the best defenses in the NFL and a dynamic rookie running back in Dalvin Cook.
I don’t think Cook will do what Ezekiel Elliot did in Dallas. But I think he could be Rookie of the Year. I also think the Packers are going to regret not drafting him, but that’s another argument for another day.
While the Vikings have the best shot, Detroit is not far behind. Matthew Stafford is the second-best quarterback in the division and after leading the Lions to three playoff berths in six years, he is a proven franchise guy.
But he’s not Rodgers and neither is Bradford and that’s why the NFC North still goes through Green Bay.
If Rodgers takes a step back and plays the way he did in late in 2015 and at the start of last season, then sure, the Lions and Vikings could each have a chance. But if he has an MVP-caliber year, which I fully expect him to, then neither should expect to be division champs in 2017.
The NFC North really is all about Aaron Rodgers and as long he continues to be dominant force, the division title will more often than not, wind up in Green Bay.