I know the Packers aren’t making the playoffs this year but this Sunday’s game against the Lions is a must win. The reason is because I never doubt history repeating itself. Let’s look back.
Believe it or not, the Packers have been shut out at home twice in the same year before. In fact, it happened during the first year of highly successful football coach MIke McCarthy’s tenure in 2006. They were shut out by an AFC team (Patriots 35-0) and NFC North team (Bears 26-0). They finished the season with a road win versus a division rival on New Year’s Eve.The next year they won 13 games and made it to the NFC Championship Game.
This season they were shut out by an AFC team (Ravens 23-0) and NFC North team (Vikings 16-0) and play a division rival, Lions… on the road… on New Year’s Eve. If they win they would finish at 8-8 like in 2006.
The last time Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone was 2013. They ended up winning 8 games that year and beat the division rival Bears on the last game of the regular season. The next year, they went 12-4 and made it to the NFC Championship game.
This season Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone. With a win on Sunday versus a division rival, they will finish with 8 wins.
Dom’s gone. Aaron comes back. The Packers make it to the NFC Championship, only they don’t lose this time and the win two weeks later to bring home a 14th World Championship.