There is hardly a soul on earth that would have predicted the Packers would be 4-0 entering their Week 5 matchup against the Bears, but that’s how it has turned out. By beating 3 playoff teams to open the season (Eagles, Giants, and Chargers) and then defeating divisional opponent Minnesota, the Packers stand alone with some of the NFL’s elite, the Patriots, Colts, and Cowboys, as the sole undefeated teams.
The 4-0 start has relied completely on the arm of Brett Favre and the swarming Green Bay defense and special teams units. The running game has done just enough to keep the defense honest, and maybe not even that. Green Bay is last in the league in rushing offense. With Vernand Morency back and sharing carries with several rookie halfbacks, the running game has a chance to get back on its feet. It will need to, because soon enough teams will figure out ways to stop the quick passing attack being utilized by the Packers.
In Green Bay’s Week 4 game against the Vikings, Favre broke the career touchdowns record previously held by Dan Marino. Favre’s mark now stands at 422, and he will continue adding to that total. Favre and the Packers have a long season ahead of them still, but they could easily enter the bye week with a record of 6-0. Optimism is high for Packers fans everywhere, and there is a real sense that this team could make the playoffs and even make a run at the Super Bowl. Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila’s bold predictions about this being a Super Bowl-caliber team seem less laughable with each progressive week.