Coming into the 2022 season the Green Bay Packers were one of the teams many analysts believed could represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Their defense was projected to be an elite unit during the season and whenever you have a future Hall of Famer leading your offense, that side of the ball is usually going to be in good shape as well.
However, things have not gone according to plan for the Packers this season. They are currently 4-6 on the season, staring up in the NFC North standings at the 8-1 Minnesota Vikings after going on a five-game losing streak.
That losing streak was snapped in Week 10 when the Packers defeated the Dallas Cowboys in overtime at Lambeau Field. That was a season-saving victory, as Green Bay was spiraling, seemingly having no light at the end of the tunnel. But, a come-from-behind victory of that magnitude could very easily turn a campaign around.
That win is in part why some people, such as Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report, believe that the Packers are a dark horse Super Bowl contender. Given their current standing, it is a bold statement to consider them a dark horse for a championship, but given the talent that remains on the roster, you cannot count them out.
Injuries have mounted, but they did a solid job slowing down an explosive Cowboys offense when they needed stops the most. As long as Rodgers is under center, Green Bay is not a team to take lightly.
They look to be figuring out some things on offense as Christian Watson had a breakout performance against Dallas. With one of the best running back duos in the NFL in Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon, the Packers don’t need Rodgers to replicate the MVP-level stats that he has produced the last two seasons, winning the away in back-to-back seasons.
The upcoming schedule is certainly daunting as they host the Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football before going on the road to face the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears ahead of their bye week. But, if they could escape that stretch with a 2-1 record, they would be right in the thick of the playoff race in the NFC.