In a league riddled with parity and where no 1 or 2 teams truly stand out as runaway favorites to win the Super Bowl, making post-season assumptions is dangerous. So with that in your mind, I’m not likely to think that either the Green Bay Packers or the New England Patriots will ensure it is to the season’s last game, although the way they’re playing at the time of recent suggests they have a great chance.
These are two of football’s best teams and the similarities between them are profound. In regards right down to it, though, I’m going to give a small (and I am talking about very slight) edge to the Packers in Week 13.
This game, featuring two of the greatest teams inside their respective conferences (Patriots sit atop the AFC with a 9-2 record and the Packers are within striking distance of the NFC’s best record at 8-3), is a matchup between two of the very most offensively dominant teams in the NFL.
New England and Green Bay are one and two in the league in points per game, respectively, and it’s no secret why. Quarterbacks Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, both undoubtedly two of the league’s top three quarterbacks, are playing at an amount that’s them both in contention for the league’s MVP award.
As previously stated, these two offenses do have more firepower than nearly any other team in the NFL, and the numbers they’ve set up are extremely similar. Striking similarities is visible in each team’s average for points per game (Patriots 32.5, Packers 32.3,) yards per game (Patriots 386, Packers 369,) and pass yards per game (Patriots 272, Packers 262.) So, who gets the edge?
It’s unattainable to find out which team has a distinct edge in this game with so many numbers and factors simply canceling each other out. Brady has thrown six interceptions to Rodgers’three, the Patriots have quit just 16 sacks while the Packers have quit 23. The Packers convert 45 percent of their third downs, the Patriots 44 percent. The Packers have a turnover ratio of +15, the Patriots +11. Each team, particularly on offense, is indeed solid all over that this really is as near a toss-up as you are able to get.
One clear advantage — perhaps the only one of note in the game — is that the Packers are at home, where they’re 5-0 in 2010 and averaging 44 (yes, 44) points a game. For this reason (and for the fact that nothing else will help reach this kind of conclusion), I’d provide the edge to Green Bay. Yet, if we’re lucky, we might see these two teams squaring up once again in 2010 on Super Bowl Sunday.