Rolling Packers on cruise control heading into playoffs

It should be apparent to anybody who has seen Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers play football this season that they are on their way to becoming the next Super Bowl Champions of the NFL.

The team snapped the mighty New England Patriots seven-game win streak Sunday with a well-balanced attack led by their deadly passing game.

Anybody who doesn’t think this team is a legitimate title contender should be on the phone making an appointment with an optometrist.

A recent ESPN opinion poll shows that 35 percent of respondents think the Packers will win this year’s Super Bowl, and it’s easy to see why. The team’s current record stands at 9-3, good for first place in their division and second in the NFC.

The team ahead of them, the Arizona Cardinals, also 9-3, is clearly on the decline, even though rookie wideout John Brown, the Pittsburg State standout, has been a bright spot for the team. A string of injuries to their first team quarterback Carson Palmer, All-Pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, starting running back Andre Ellington and free safety Tyrann Mathieu has hurt the team.

Consequently, the Cardinals’ passing attack has been disappointing and their run game dead last in the NFL, causing them to drop their previous two matchups.

These developments are significant because the Packers hold the tie-breaker with No. 3 team Philadelphia, meaning the Packers should be a lock for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, bad news for the rest of the NFC.

Aaron Rodgers has not thrown an interception at Lambeau Field since 2012, a historic streak that is now the longest in NFL history, helping the team to an undefeated record at home this season. Rodgers has a stable of receivers to pick apart opposing defenses with, making it impossible to key in on one guy.

Eddie Lacy is also making it hard for teams to ignore him, as he’s quickly becoming one of the best runners in the league. The back’s quick feet and punishing running style have added an element of toughness to the team.

The Packers are averaging 31.7 points per game this season, good for second in the NFL. The old saying, “Defense wins championships,” may not apply this year.