New York Islanders Kids Jersey A prophetic quarterback and an even-keeled head coach have the Green Bay Packers in a position no one could have imagined a month ago: one victory away from another division title.
How many teams that started 4-6 and were riding a four-game losing streak could say that?
If you ask Aaron Rodgers — and he was indeed asked after Saturday¡¯s 38-25 victory over the Minnesota Vikings that put the Packers at 9-6 and extended their winning streak to five games — not many.
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¡°Says a lot about the leadership of this football team and the way that we didn¡¯t start pointing fingers or be the unnamed source in the paper that¡¯s calling somebody out,¡± Rodgers said. ¡°We just got back to work and trusted the system and plan as many questioned obviously myself and my teammates, but [also] coach [Mike] McCarthy and his plan and his system, which again stands the test of time and has proven to be something that works.¡±
There will be more angst between now and next Sunday¡¯s NFC North title game at Detroit given the unpredictability of this team, but the reality is this is the best the Packers could have hoped for when they departed Washington after a 42-24 loss to the Redskins on Nov. 20.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins: Those of his fantasy owners who survived his season-low nine fantasy points of Week 15 (that tied with his Week 1 output) were rewarded with one of the best performances of his career Saturday, as Cousins’ 29 tied for the third-best score of his career. Unfortunately, his owners were more hesitant to start him this week: He was active in 45.3 percent of ESPN leagues, ninth-most among quarterbacks, compared to 63.8 percent in Week 15.