The loss was the fourth in a row and dropped the Packers’ record to 4-6 and dropped them in third place in the NFC North standings. There were few analysts who believed Green Bay — and Aaron Rodgers in particular — could turn its season around and make the playoffs for it eighth straight season.
But during the next week of practice November 23, Rodgers made a bold claim in the locker room to media, saying “I feel like we can run the table, I really do.” Rodgers added, “the offense is starting to click.”
Dictionary.com defines the phrase “run the table” as “to finish a season undefeated.”
Coach Mike McCarthy said he was encouraged by Rodgers’ words in the locker room, saying he hoped the team can use it as motivation going forward.
Rodgers’ bold claim slowly became true, as the Packers flipped the script, winning the NFC North crown and entering their Wild Card game against the New York Giants on January 8 winners of six-straight games. The Packers haven’t lost a game since Rodgers said he thought they could “run the table.”
Since the loss at Washington, Rodgers has completed 71 percent of his passes, throwing 15 touchdowns and no interceptions. He’s averaging 240 yards through the air per game with a 121 QB rating in those six games. Once again, he’s asserted himself into the discussion for the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award. As a team, Green Bay has outscored opponents 185-112 in the six games.
For Packers fans, Rodgers has been known to make bold claims and mostly follow through on them. In 2014, Rodgers went on his weekly radio show on ESPN Milwaukee and told Green Bay fans to “relax” after the team’s 1-2 start.
The Packers went 11-2 following the words by Rodgers. It remains to be seen whether or not the Packers can “run the table” through the NFL Playoffs, however.