The reckoning begins this afternoon and the stakes could not be higher. If the Patriots win the AFC, the Packers would with a win face a team they have already beaten. This game against the Seahawks could very well be the more difficult contest. And so it is time for all the blood, sweat, and tears to come to fruition in another Packers NFC Championship.
The biggest story-line of this entire game is Aaron Rodgers and his mending-but-not-right calf
Aaron may not have to do it all in this game. If another important factor in today’s offense gets going…this may be a very different kind of Packers game with a very different hero.
Out of the pistol and shotgun formations, Eddie is going to have a good view of what is going on at the line of scrimmage and if he can see a seam (likely to be smaller than against the Cowboys) he can get positive yards and balance the attack. Eddie has been racking up hundred yard games since before the end of the season and if he even gets close to that in this game, it bodes very well for us. Eddie didn’t get to finish the game in week one…and so I’ve got two words for you Eddie…HULK SMASH!!!
The offensive line
There is no question in my mind what the biggest difference in this game is…the offensive line. Assuming Bulaga plays the whole game, that in and of itself makes a huge difference. But the fact that Corey Linsley now has an entire season under his belt is just as important. I just love the attitude that Linsley has and he has fit in perfectly with Lang and Sitton. This offensive line is the key ingredient in a Packers win today and they know it. If they protect Aaron Rodgers, the calf injury becomes a non-issue. If they open holes for Eddie Lacy…this team goes to the Super Bowl.
So to me, the onus of this particular game is going to fall on the offensive line and I think they will be up to the challenge today. But what do you think? What is the most important offensive key to this game? Let me know in the comments below or comment on the Facebook fanpage.