The lowly Kansas City Chiefs have beaten the Green Bay Packers, 19-14. Most people were expecting a lopsided Packer victory; the Chiefs have an interim head coach after firing Todd Haley earlier this week, and their starting quarterback is on injured reserve, as is their best defensive back.
On the other hand, Green Bay receivers dropped at least four passes in the first half alone, and two offensive linemen were injured and did not return. Aaron Rodgers also had an off-day, though his completion percentage would still have been over 60 percent without the drops. And so they move from 13-0 to 13-1. Still not a bad place to be.
Here’s hoping they put up a better fight next Sunday, when they play the Chicago Bears in Lambeau Field.
The Super Bowl starts in about four hours. I’m wearing my Aaron Rodgers jersey since I wish the Packers were playing, but I’ll be rooting for the Saints. In 43 seasons as a franchise, this is their first Super Bowl trip. As someone who grew up rooting for perpetually losing teams, I feel Saints fans’ pain. It would be good to see them win. Peyton Manning and the Colts got their rings a few years ago. I was rooting for them that day, not least because they played against the Bears.
After the game is over, an excruciatingly long 13 day wait begins. On that glorious day of February 20, pitchers and catchers report for spring training. And my Brewers are looking pretty good this year. Their offense still looks top-notch. And they’ve done about as much as they could to improve their league-worst pitching staff. New pitching coach, lots of roster turnover. Can’t wait to see if the moves do any good.
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Today’s American Spectator Online contains my take on why Favre beating the Packers in Lambeau is a hard thing for Green Bay fans to take.