A few weeks ago, pundits were wondering if it was too early to mention Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson and the Heisman Trophy in the same sentence, thereby doing exactly that. As it turns out, it most certainly was. But that truth hasn't stopped the same guys from now wondering whether it's too early to talk about the Green Bay Packers, one game shy of the halfway point, finishing the season without a loss.
Apparently, when it comes to sports punditry, it's never too early to wonder if it's too early. Enough asking permission to talk about the Pack running the table. Dig into it already!
Green Bay is the last remaining undefeated team in the NFL, and San Francisco is the only team with one loss. There's one pretty good team (Detroit) remaining on the schedule and one pretty bad one (Minnesota). The rest fall in the middle, that gray area of NFL teams that can look capable one week and incapable the next. It would take a pretty bad week from the Packers to lose to any of them.
Prime example: San Diego (4-3), which hosts the Packers on Sunday, won four of its first five but has now dropped two straight, including a Monday-night overtime blunderfest at Kansas City (also 4-3 and hosting Green Bay on Dec. 18). The game featured eight total turnovers, four by each team. It's tough to beat the Packers when you hand the ball to Aaron Rodgers a few extra times a game.
With just five turnovers so far this season, the only team that should frighten Packers fans is Detroit, which hosts Green Bay on Thanksgiving and then travels to Lambeau Field for the season finale on New Year's Day. A loss in any game aside from those two would be surprising.