Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are gearing up for a high-stakes matchup against the Detroit Lions. The game was flexed to Sunday night by the NFL due to the intrigue surrounding the game. A win for Green Bay and they’re in the playoffs. It’s as simple as that.
On the opposing side, the Detroit Lions might be eliminated from playoff contention before the game even starts, depending on how the Seattle Seahawks perform earlier in the day. Regardless, the Lions would love to have an opportunity to knock Green Bay out of the playoff conversation.
Aaron Rodgers Speaks Highly Of Jamaal Williams
There’s a lot on the line Sunday night. Tensions will be high and things are bound to get chippy at some point. Emotions may boil over between the division rivals. However, Aaron Rodgers has no problem with at least one of the Lions players.
That player would be running back Jamaal Williams. Williams was originally drafted by Green Bay in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Rodgers and Williams were teammates from 2017-2020. Obviously, there are no hard feelings between the two based on what Rodgers had to say.
“I’m a hugger, so if I see Jamaal, I’m giving him a hug. I love Jamaal,” Aaron Rodgers said on Thursday. “He’s one of my all-time favorites. He’s one of the happiest teammates we’ve ever had, one of the greatest guys in the locker room that I’ve been able to work with.”
Williams has been a big reason for Detroit’s turnaround. After a 1-6 start, the Lions have won seven of their last nine games. Williams is only six yards away from his first 1,000 yard rushing season. In addition, Williams’ 15 rushing touchdowns currently leads the NFL.
Both Rodgers and Williams hope to lead their teams to the postseason. But it’s also possible that neither team makes the playoffs. Nevertheless, Detroit and Green Bay have had remarkable turnarounds in 2022 and hope they can continue their improbable runs further into 2023.