| Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The Green Bay Packers’ bandwagon is filling up faster than a speeding bullet.
Just the other day, some national experts climbed aboard during ESPN’s “Around the Horn” show.
Host Tony Reali asked the panel if the Packers could be the best team in the NFC after pointing out Aaron Rodgers had a near perfect night against Atlanta despite not having his top two receivers.
Let’s go around the horn now for their answers.
J.A. Adande, a regular panelist on the show: “The numbers look pretty real to me. No turnovers so far. Only three sacks for Aaron Rodgers. And he’s leading the league in QBR. I don’t know how much stock you want to put in that metric. But it’s worth something. He’s right up there among the great quarterbacks in the league still
Jorge Sedano of ESPN: “I’m buying that the Packers are the best team in the NFC for this reason: They are No. 1 point differential and No. 1 yards per attempt. You look at those two stats they’re quite indicative of how successful a team is in the postseason.”
Israel Gutierrez of ESPN: “Shout out to all those who said Aaron Rodgers needs more weapons. More Davante Adams. He can take an undrafted tight end and make him into a superstar. And frankly that sort of speaks to the marriage and harmony that LaFluer’s offense and Aaron Rodgers are sort of feeling in this second go-around, this second season where he’s sitting there counting the touchdowns to Robert Tonyan after his third one. He doesn’t need anybody special. He’s special.”
Frank Isola of The Athletic: “They made the NFC title game last season and they’re better this year. Just look at the way Aaron Rodgers is playing. They’re taking guys off the practice squad and within no time he’s throwing the ball around – spreading the ball around to everyone. He’s just playing at such a high level with Russell Wilson and Patrick Mahomes. It’s those three quarterbacks and everyone else.”
The segment capped off with Reali marveling at how Rodgers yelled “Hard count!” to get the Falcons on a hard count.
It was must-see TV.