Mike McCoy

ICYMI in NFL Week 17: Rodgers, Pack soar; Cousins, Skins out

There they were on a late November afternoon, seemingly headed in opposite directions: Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers were 4-6 and losers of four games in a row; Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins were 6-3-1 and winners of six of eight.

Right after the Packers were beaten by the Redskins by 18 points in Week 11, Rodgers insisted, bereft of much supporting evidence, "I'm very optimistic."

Turned out he knew what he was talking about.

And Cousins declared, "It's great to be playing the way we're playing."

Turned out it didn't last.

Since then? The Packers (10-6) reeled off six consecutive victories, with Rodgers...