If you’re a Green Bay Packers fan and you’re freaking out after the team’s season-opening 23-7 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, then stop right now.
The sky isn’t falling.
There’s absolutely no reason to be concerned about the Packers.
And there’s an obvious reason why.
Green Bay has had disastrous starts before and they’ve been just fine.
Last season, in fact, the Packers were completely embarrassed by the New Orleans Saints.
Green Bay went down to Jacksonville in week one last season (the game was moved from New Orleans due to Hurricane Ida) and got obliterated by the Saints, losing 38-3.
Unsurprisingly, fans panicked. Speculation started that maybe Rodgers was starting to regress (ARod passed for just 133 yards and added two interceptions with no touchdowns in that loss).
The Packers ended up finishing 13-4 and winning the NFC North (they also lost at Minnesota last year, though the game was closer).
Rodgers went on to win his second straight MVP award.
Everything worked out just fine (except for the playoffs, but that’s a different story).
Green Bay can get back on track this week at home against a Chicago Bears team that plays extremely hard under new head coach Matt Eberflus but lacks the talent to keep up with the Packers.
It’s far too early to worry about Green Bay. These losses happen. This one just happened at the start of the season so there’s nothing else to compare it to this year.
The Packers are going to be alright.
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