The Green Bay Packers finished the 2021 regular season with the best record in the NFL, but a former Super Bowl-winning quarterback still doesn’t believe.
Troy Aikman, who won three rings as quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys in the mid-’90s before joining Joe Buck on the Fox NFL booth, said last week he doesn’t think the Packers’ favorites emerge from the NFC will. Aikman made the comments while appearing on the Adam Schefter Podcast on Tuesday, January 4th.
“I don’t think there is a real leader in NFC,” said Aikman. “I know a lot of people would say Green Bay, but I’ve watched a lot of Packers games and they’ve played some pretty average football teams and have barely come out of those games with a win. Of course, I think Aaron Rodgers, if he’s not their quarterback, they’re losing a lot more of those games.”
Aikman’s comments about the Packers and the NFC in general came in the context of a question from Schefter about the Cowboys’ chances of going all the way this postseason. The former Dallas signal caller spoke more upbeat about the franchise, for which he has played his entire career, than he did about the Packers.
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“I think they have a really good team, they didn’t play great,” Aikman said, “but I think they’re a really talented team.”
“But I think it’s wide open in the NFC,” he continued. “Regardless of what you think of the way Dallas have played here over the past six weeks, I think you can say the same thing [the] Arizona [Cardinals], Tampa Bay [Buccaneers], The angel [Rams] and even the Green Bay Packers. So I think Dallas, this team feels good. I think [head coach] Mike McCarthy did a good job, but I think [quarterback] Dak Prescott really sets the tone. They have playmakers in defence. I think this is as good a year for them to win everything as they had.”
Contrasting with Aikman’s opinion are the actual Super Bowl odds that Green Bay sits alone on.
The Packers are the most likely team to win the championship this postseason, according to Odds Shark via lines provided by offshore sportsbook Bovada. Green Bay is +350 to win the Lombardi Trophy this February, meaning a $100 bet on the Packers would give the bettor a $350 profit should Green Bay end up winning it all.
In second place behind the Packers are the Kansas City Chiefs (+425). The Bucs (+750), the Buffalo Bills (+800) and the Tennessee Titans (+800) follow. The Cowboys (+1100) have the 7th best odds of 14 playoff teams to win the Super Bowl.
Green Bay (13-4) will not play the wildcard weekend after winning the top seed in the NFC, which also earned them the only bye in the conference. They play against the lowest-seeded team that advances to the playoff divisional round.