One of the many reasons behind the Green Bay Packers success this season has been the elevated play of many backups and role players on this team. Over the course of the season, Green Bay has dealt with numerous injuries, including to several key players, as well as stints on the reserve/COVID list, yet they still managed to finish as the NFC’s top seed.
As they say in the game of football, it takes all 53, or more accurately, all 69 if you include the practice squad. And this holds true in the playoffs as well.
We all know that if the Green Bay Packers are going to go on a Super Bowl run, it’s going to require their star players to play at a high level. But in addition to Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams, Kenny Clark, and a number of others, there are role players who will have to step up as well–these are my X-Factors.
An X-Factor is defined as “a variable in a given situation that could have the most significant impact on the outcome.” While we all may have slightly different definitions of who or what an X-Factor is, to me, it’s a non-star player who can really leave their mark on a game, or in this case, the entire playoffs.