The Green Bay Packers have been a model of consistency

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The Green Bay Packers have been a model of consistency

Would more Super Bowl appearances over the last 20-plus years have been nice? Yes, but the Packers have consistently been in the mix, a feat that should be appreciated.

The New England Patriots’ dynastic run with head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, which resulted in six Lombardi Trophies and nine Super Bowl appearances, distorted fans’ reality of how difficult it is to win a Super Bowl. NFL fans, including those that rock the green and gold every Sunday during the NFL season, consistently point out how much of a travesty it is that the Packers only won two Super Bowl titles, with three total Super Bowl appearances, in roughly 30 years with two Hall of Fame quarterbacks. I think a lot of fanbases, especially those of the Packers’ NFC North rivals, would take that success. 

Is it frustrating that the franchise could not have hoisted the Lombardi Trophy at least once more over the last 30 years, or even made a second trip to the Super Bowl with Aaron Rodgers under center? Yes. However, I cannot stress enough how difficult it is to make it to the Super Bowl, let alone to win the Big Game. 

Consistency from season to season is underrated within the NFL discourse. And the Packers have been one of the most consistent teams over the last 20-plus years. Each season, minus a few here and there, the Packers have had a legitimate shot to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. 

Case in point, they have the third-most regular season wins (231) in the NFL since the turn of the century, trailing only the Pittsburgh Steelers (235) and the Patriots (262). Moreover, Green Bay is tied with the Seattle Seahawks for the fifth-most playoff wins (14) since 2000. 

Since 2000, the franchise has won 12 NFC North crowns, including three separate stretches of winning at least three-consecutive division titles (2002-04, 2011-14, 2019-2021), and posted a winning record 17 times. The Minnesota Vikings have won six division titles over that span; Chicago Bears have won five; and the Detroit Lions have won zero. 

Since the turn of the century, the Packers have also made six appearances in the NFC Championship game, tied for second with the San Francisco 49ers. The Philadelphia Eagles are first with seven appearances. The rest of the NFC North has combined for five appearances. 

To put things into proper perspective, the Packers registered one playoff victory from 1968 until 1992. During that same stretch, they won one NFC Central crown (1972), with only six seasons ending with a winning record. In the 1980s specifically, the Packers were 65-84-3. 

The future in Green Bay is unknown, perhaps even cloudy, if for no other reason than it is undetermined how well quarterback Jordan Love will play. The Packers might enjoy the same type of success going forward as the franchise did during the 1980s. They might join a whole host of NFL teams in coming to grips with the fact that it is not easy finding and developing a star NFL quarterback, leaving them as a fringe playoff team without any threat of making noise during the most important stretch of the season. Alternatively, Jordan Love might turn out to be a top-ten quarterback, if not better, for the next ten or so seasons, and as a result, the Packers will continue to be a model team in terms of producing consistent results on the field. 

Who knows, at the end of the day. But I do know that being in the mix year after year, season after season, should not be ho-hummed. 

Rex is a lifelong Packers fan but was sick of the cold, so he moved to the heart of Cowboys country. Follow him on Twitter (@Sheild92) and Instagram (@rex.sheild). 

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