The 4-9 Carolina Panthers have been one of the worst teams in the NFL in the absence of injured superstar running back Christian McCaffrey. The Panthers come into this game losers of two straight and seven of their last eight games. However, six of those seven losses have been by a touchdown or less, making the Panthers a deceptively difficult opponent.
The 10-3 Green Bay Packers come into this game winners of three straight and five of their last six games. The Packers’ outstanding year has hinged on a remarkable bounce back year from future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers, whom many were writing off among the quarterback elite after a few seasons not quite up to his usual Herculean standards. All Rodgers has done to answer his critics is produce perhaps the finest season of his Hall of Fame career, leading the NFL in passer rating and QBR. In the twilight years of his career Rodgers has improbably returned to being arguably the best quarterback in the NFL. The resurgent Rodgers has the Packers leading the NFC race for the #1 seed, a first week bye, and home field throughout the playoffs. This sets up the delicious prospect of Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes potentially dueling it out in the Super Bowl, a must see matchup if ever there was one. Before we get there, however, the Packers need to take care of business today against the Panthers.
It’s the Packers and the Panthers in the nightcap of a December Saturday doubleheader.