The Packers may be in the midst of a quiet week with the players having most of it off for the team's bye on the schedule.
Still, the talk surrounding the NFL's best club
and what sure looks to be the league's top player this season is
picking up rapidly.
Green Bay has its first 7-0 start since Vince
Lombardi's 1962 squad won its first 10 games en route to a second
straight league title. One more win and the Packers would be at the
midway point of matching the 2007 Patriots' 16-0 regular season.
"We're taking it game by game and just trying to
be the best and do something that's never been done before (in the
16-game era) -- undefeated and win the Super Bowl," tight end
Jermichael Finley said.
Green Bay, which has won a franchise-record 13
consecutive games going back to last December, might have only two big
roadblocks between now and the end of the regular season to fulfill the
wire-to-wire achievement. The Packers will come out of the bye with a
game at AFC West-leading San Diego. Green Bay later also pays a
Thanksgiving visit to Detroit. The Lions are two games behind the
Packers in the NFC North.
Meanwhile, quarterback Aaron Rodgers has firmly
positioned himself to go from first-time Super Bowl MVP to first-time
NFL MVP in less than a calendar year.
His credentials are off the charts after just
seven games: 2,372 passing yards, 71.5 completion percentage, 20
touchdowns, three interceptions, 125.7 passer rating.
"He's playing at such a high level right now. It's
incredible," right tackle Bryan Bulaga said after the Packers eked out
a 33-27 win at the Vikings on Sunday.
Rodgers rallied Green Bay from a seven-point
deficit against the 1-6 Vikings by completing 24 of 30 passes for 335
yards and three touchdowns, including a 79-yard strike to a wide-open
"(Rodgers) is a guy that's always capable of
exploding," said Packers cornerback Charles Woodson, who had two
interceptions in the game. "For us, we know if we get down, if we're
able to get the ball back in (number) 12's hands, good things are going
to happen with that offense.
"Is there a comfort level with that? Absolutely.
We feel like we're in every game regardless of what happens."
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