The Green Bay Packers finished the season at 11-5 and are preparing for yet another run in the playoffs. After finishing the season winning nine of their last eleven games, it's safe to say that they are one of the hottest teams in the NFL.
The Packers will be playing the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday for the second week in a row. After losing last week to them 34-37, they will look for some revenge.
There is one player for the Packers who has played better in the playoffs than possibly anyone at his position ever has.
The Packers quarterback has been one of the most successful quarterbacks in postseason history. In the six playoff games he has played, Rodgers has passed for 1,781 yards, 15 touchdowns and only four picks. His completion percentage is at 65.5 percent. His quarterback rating is 106.
That's the highest passer rating for anyone for a career in the playoffs.
If the Packers wish to make another deep run in this year's playoffs, they will need Rodgers to play just as well as he has in the playoffs over the past few years.
Rodgers will be looking to continue on what was a very successful regular season. He threw for nearly 4,300 yards and 39 touchdowns, with only eight interceptions. His passer rating was yet again the highest in the NFL this year with a 108 passer rating.
No one is surprised that Rodgers is the key to success for the Packers, but if he doesn't play well, the Packers will be in trouble. With a running game that has started to become more consistent yet still has had issues, the Packers will still rely heavily on the passing game.
Rodgers is incredibly proficient at passing while being blitzed. In fact, Rodgers' numbers tend to improve the more that he is blitzed in a game. In coach Mike McCarthy's offense, a blitz simply means that there is someone open. If opposing teams continue to blitz Rodgers, he could put up some big numbers.
The Vikings, however, found a way to blitz Rodgers without him being as effective. While he did throw four touchdowns last week, he actually played worse when being blitzed.
Rodgers was clearly frustrated last week against the Vikings, as many drives stalled early in the game. He was even seen yelling at McCarthy after he threw a flag that potentially could have caused a turnover to not be reviewed.
It's important that the Packers take advantage of the Vikings blitzing, and they will need to work on this in order to keep Rodgers upright and throwing for scores.
If Rodgers can continue to light up opposing defenses like he has, the Packers will be in much better shape to possibly make it to the Super Bowl.