It almost feels like the Green Bay Packers are more comfortable like this.
Underdogs in the playoffs with no expectations.
That’s what they were as the No. 6 seed in 2010 when they won the Super Bowl and that’s what they are this year.
And no, we’re not saying they’re going to win the Super Bowl. We’re just saying they — especially quarterback Aaron Rodgers — appear to be more comfortable without hefty expectations. As such, Rodgers was quick to point out all of the pressure is on this week’s opponent, the Arizona Cardinals.
“Well, the pressure’s all going to be on them. They’re coming off a tough loss at home against Seattle,” Rodgers said. “Before that they blew us out. They’re the Super Bowl favorites, and obviously the favorite team on Saturday night, so we’ve just got to go out, be loose, let it all hang out, because the pressure’s all on that side.”
There’s certainly some truth to that, but we’re more interested in the Packers’ psyche.
We’re just going to go ahead and point out the obvious here.
When the Packers have had their best teams with Rodgers at the helm, they’ve experienced their worst playoff losses. I’m talking about 2011 and 2014, with losses to the Giants in the divisional round and the Seahawks in the NFC Championship, respectively.
Those two years in between, we all knew the defense wasn’t good enough for the Packers to make a run. They were good enough in 2011 and 2014, though. They just didn’t come through when it mattered.
What will they do this year?
Well, they’ll either disappoint us like usual or they’ll prove the theory that they only play well in the playoffs when the pressure is elsewhere.