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Peaking Too Early? Is It a Thing?

Posted November 19th, 2014 @ 06:11pm

During his weekly radio appearance on Tuesday, Aaron Rodgers was asked if there was a danger of peaking too early. "I don't even understand what that means," he told ESPN Milwaukee. "We're just playing well right now. I don't believe in peaking early."

He doesn't, but we fans do. The NFL season is a long, winding roller coaster ride, where the flavor of the week is applauded, from Seattle to Denver to Arizona to New England. You want your team to be the one that is playing at its best as the playoffs begin. Often, the team everyone is celebrating in November is long forgotten in January.

Why? Usually an injury or two derails a team's acceleration. The Packers are as healthy as they've been all season and it's showing on the field. It's amazing what can happen when your offensive line, skill guys, pass rushers, D-backs and your QB all play every week. But that can change at the drop of a hat, which causes fans to utter the dreaded "P" word.

Today, the Packers are the Vegas favorites to win the Super Bowl at 4/1 (vegasinsider.com) despite the fact that if the season ended today they'd be the #5 seed in the NFC with a road playoff game wildcard weekend at the locale of one of Rodgers' greatest games: Atlanta. Yes, the 4-6 Falcons would host the Pack in the first round.

But with six games to play  the Packers are on a roll, with a favorable schedule where the road games (Minnesota, Buffalo and Tampa Bay) look less challenging than the home games (New England, Atlanta and Detroit). And with the way the Pack is dominating at Lambeau, a home playoff game or two looks like it could turn into a trip to the title game or Super Bowl (it would be helpful if they could avoid facing their kryptonite, San Francisco, though).

The offense is humming at a level never before seen and Rodgers is playing the position at a level we've never before seen. The defense appears re-energized with Clay Matthews' new  semi-home in the middle and Julius Peppers setting the tone from the edge.

But we're Packer fans so we need to find something to worry about. Two straight 50 burgers? Are we peaking too early? No, we're healthy, humming and riding the arm of an all-timer just entering his prime.

All is as it should be as we enter the stretch run. So to quote that strong-armed QB: R-E-L-A-X.

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Comments (7):

WHAT? ME WORRY? Hell no! Peaking too early? HOGWASH! So let me get this straight...if the Packers won the last two games by a margin of 4 points each and only scored in the 20's, there'd be complaining and worrying that this team is underachieving. And now that they're on this current roll, there's complaining and worrying they're peaking too soon. If it's not one thing, it's another. Complainers and worriers are gonna complain and worry. So what's the solution? Rodgers already told us several weeks ago. :-)

on November 19th, 2014 at 04:24pm

@cane-What's the record of your pathetic queens squad again? 4-6 soon to be 4-7 after a third straight 50 plus point beat down by the Pack. Why don't you go worry about who is going to be the face of the queenies franchise now that half-day has officially been sent packing.

on November 20th, 2014 at 01:14pm

It's fun to watch and does one proud as a Packers' fan but nobody's really won anything just yet. We shouldn't entirely forget about those 3 road losses, especially at New Orleans in view of what's happened to the Saints in their supposedly invincible dome since. We've seen great seasons before end in playoff frustration; including some home field playoff defeats. "Pride goeth before a fall." Let's enjoy the season but "don't count your chickens before they're hatched."

on November 20th, 2014 at 06:56am

I'll take the bait. I might even say that loss to New Orleans was a good loss. It was a focusing experience and help us move Clay into his current role. If SugerCane is going to throw out the morsels, I'll snatch them up. Looking forward to watching the Packers play in their eastern stadium, you since they don't play in Milwaukee any more. Looking good , Feeling good, Sugarcane.. you feel the same? Go Pack!

on November 20th, 2014 at 09:53pm

I think I was the one who said we may be peaking to early last week. But think about it, were just into the playoffs now, last week we were not. what I was talking about more was the health. I hope we can be this healthy come Jan. If they play well, it will be 38 degrees on sunday, 12 will like that. should be 38-17 pack,

on November 20th, 2014 at 11:25am

It's funny how beating Jay Cutler and Mark Sanchez in 50 blowouts makes everybody forget about a 3 touchdown loss to NO the game before. Typically Pack fan/media darling over-reactions......

on November 20th, 2014 at 11:49am

It's funny how this blog's fisherman..Cane throws out the bait to see how many will bite. The main thing I want to see in the Pack peaking is the total health of the roster. If we have a "peak" healthy roster I like our chances agiainst anyone in the NFL. GO PACK GO !!

on November 20th, 2014 at 12:39pm

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