In the wake of a dominating 34-0 win over Minnesota yesterday, Green Bay is officially the hottest team in football, or at least in the NFC.
The Packers are 12-1 over their last 13 games, tied with the Patriots for the best regular-season mark in the NFL over that period.
Brett Favre is getting all the attention. And perhaps deservedly so. He's showed many signs of his old self, as evident by his 351 passings, 3 TDs and 0 INTs yesterday, not to mention a league-leading 2,757 passing yards through nine games.
But credit is absolutely due the Packers defense, which has surrendered a mere 14.2 PPG over the last 13 regular-season games. That's a championship-caliber performance.
The Packers also lead the entire NFC with a 3-0 record against Quality Opponents, and a very impressive +10.7 PPG scoring differential in those three games. Only the Patriots have a better record against winning clubs, and only the Patriots and Steelers have a greater scoring differential than the Packers in games against Quality Teams.
Dallas has generated most of the NFC buzz this year, but they've outscored their four Quality Opponents by just 0.2 PPG.
Bottom line: if the season ended today, Green Bay would be our clear favorite to represent the NFL's senior circuit in Super Bowl XLII.