The Green Bay Packers have certainly exorcised some demons so far this season as they have gotten off to a 4-0 start.
In the opening game of the season, the Packers were expected to defeat the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
Why? The Packers clearly had the better team and had won 17 of 22 games at the storied stadium since 1992.
Green Bay did not disappoint as they won 31-23. That victory set up a chance for the Packers to do something they haven’t been able to do since Franklin Delano Roosevelt was first sworn in as President of the United States. That would be evening up the series between themselves and the Bears.
The Bears now hold 92-91-6 edge in the series that dates back to 1921. A victory on Thanksgiving night would be the first time that the regular season series has been tied since 1933.
That’s 82 years ago folks.
In Week 2, the Packers played the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field. The Hawks had beaten the Packers three times in a row over the past three years.
The first game was the infamous Fail Mary game in 2012, when the replacement refs screwed up the call on a last second touchdown pass, which really was an interception. As painful as that loss was, that was nothing compared to the NFC Championship Game loss the Packers suffered last postseason.
The Packers dominated that contest for about 55 minutes, but a late meltdown in all phases of the game led to the most agonizing postseason loss in the history of the Packers.
But on a Sunday night at Lambeau Field, with the many former Packers greats on hand for alumni weekend, the Packers defeated the Seahawks 27-17.
There would be no late-game heroics for the Seahawks in that contest, thanks to linebacker Jayrone Elliott, who first intercepted a pass and then forced a fumble in the fourth quarter.
That victory certainly lifted a big monkey off the back of the Packers.
In Week 3, the Packers hosted the Kansas City Chiefs at Lambeau Field on a Monday night. The game was attended by a number of the players who were on the Super Bowl I team which had defeated the Chiefs 35-10 at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
Going into that game on Monday night, Kansas City had never lost in the state of Wisconsin.
The Chiefs had never lost at Lambeau Field in three tries, plus Kansas City tied the Pack in 1973 when the two teams met in Milwaukee at County Stadium.
The Packers got rid of that bad statistic by dominating the Chiefs throughout most of the game. The final score of 38-28 doesn’t give real justice as to how the Packers truly commanded the ball game.
The final demon was exorcised yesterday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, where the Packers took on the San Francisco 49ers and quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
The Niners had won four straight games against the Packers, which included two postseason games.
Kaepernick had been especially tough on the Packers, both with his legs and his arm.
In the 2012 NFC Divisional Playoff Game between the two teams, Kaepernick rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns. The former Nevada star also threw for 263 yards and two more scores, as the 49ers won 45-31 at Candlestick Park.
Kaepernick wasn’t as dominating the next postseason, as the Packers hosted the 49ers at Lambeau Field in a Wild Card Playoff Game. Still, the former Milwaukee native rushed for 98 yards, plus threw a late touchdown pass as the Niners won 23-20.
Things were definitely different yesterday, as the defense of the Packers led by linebacker Clay Matthews, totally throttled Kaepernick and the 49er offense all day.
Kaepenick did rush for 57 yards, but did little else. No. 7 only threw for 160 yards and also threw a pick. He was also sacked six times and the 49ers only had 196 total yards, as the Packers won 17-3.
The defense looks much improved this season, as does the play of the special teams units, but the biggest reason the Packers are 4-0 is because of the play of quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
No. 12 has thrown for 995 yards with 11 touchdown passes and zero picks so far this season. That adds up to a NFL-best 125.9 passer rating.
Next on the schedule for the Packers is the 2-2 St. Louis Rams, who yesterday beat the then undefeated Arizona Cardinals by a score of 24-22.
It will be the Rams who will be looking to exorcise a demon in this game, as the Packers have won four straight games against the Rams, going back to 2007.
That being said, the Packers will be looking to even up the regular season series with the Rams, which dates back to 1937, when the team was then in Cleveland.
The Rams currently have a 45-44-2 edge in the all-time series.
The game will be played at Lambeau Field, where the Packers have beaten the Rams six times in eight tries during the past 25 years.