A couple dominant performances in a row and everyone is jumping on the Green Bay Packers bandwagon.
This morning, Dan Patrick said the Packers are going to the Super Bowl. A few hours later, Vegas installed the Packers as the favorite in the NFC.
Green Bay is now 2/1 to win the NFC. Arizona, which has the best record in the conference at 9-1, is second at 9/2. Detroit is getting little respect at 11/1.
The Packers also vaulted to second (9/2) in odds to win the Super Bowl. They’re behind the New England Patriots (4/1) in that category.
The real question now is, are these guys going to start drinking their own Kool Aid or are they going to stay focused? Their game this weekend in Minneapolis screams trap game.
The Packers are riding high and facing a divisional opponent that some people are probably overlooking. Division games are always tough, except those against the Bears. If there’s going to be a letdown, it would seem like this is the week it would happen.
The good news is, everyone seems to be aware of the situation. Coach Mike McCarthy talked about the importance of staying focused and guarding against overconfidence at the beginning of the week.
“Momentum is something you can view as an energy source, but you have to be realistic on how you think it affects your football team. This game, a lot of it’s about confidence. When you have success, you’re able to build your confidence. But you definitely have to guard against overconfidence.”
Of course, that can be tough to do when pretty much everyone is patting you on the back.