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Thu, January 2, 2014

3 Reasons the Packers Can Win Sunday

Please make sure you read the headline; “3 Reasons the Packers Can Win Sunday.” CAN!  Not will, CAN!  Which, yes, I am predicting them beat the 49ers but there are a lot of pessimistic Packer fans thinking it’s a sure W…that is what I am combating. 

I think it comes down to these three big factors.  If they happen, they win.  If not, they could lose by 27.
Take a look and let me know what you think.

#1.) Turnovers: 

In the first 10-games this year, the Packers defense forced just 9-turnovers.  In the final 6-games, they forced 13.  CB Davon House told me numerous times throughout the year on "In the Huddle" that turnovers are contagious.  He was right.  Turnovers are game changing plays and Aaron Rodgers is one of the best at cashing in on another team’s miscues.  If the Packers can win the turnover battle Sunday, it will be a big step towards the Divisional Round.

#2.) Run Game: 

The 49ers have boasted one of the best run games in the league over the last few years.  This year, the Packers have caught up.  Last year, and even the season opener, the Packers run game was light years behind where it is today.  With the emergence of Eddie Lacy and James Starks throughout the season, Green Bay can put up a fight in a ground-and-pound style of football.  Plus, with the weather, this could be a big difference with the Packers fighting the elements against Atlanta and Pittsburgh in December while San Francisco’s worse conditions were a 40-degree day in Washington in late November.

#3.) Aaron Rodgers:

This one is simple.  Aaron Rodgers > Colin Kaepernick.    The emotional boost that the Packers received from Rodgers return could be HUGE for Green Bay.  The Packers QB showed signs of rust last week against Chicago but once the 4th quarter came, everyone was reminded why he is one of the best.  As long as #12 is playing, the Packers have a shot at beating ANYONE.

I’ll take the Packers 27-23 in this one.  The Packers must win the turnover battle, Eddie Lacy/James Starks need to produce AND Aaron Rodgers has to be Aaron Rodgers.  If those three things happen, the Packers win.  I think they do.

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