Professional sports are a funny thing. On one hand there are clear haves and have nots in every league, where you know certain teams are going to be good year in and year out. Contrasting this is the fact that nothing is truly certain since all of the teams are filled with professional athletes who can surprise you and pull out miracle seasons. The NFL is no exception to this, rather the NFL might be the most fickle of all the sports. Every new year brings a new roster and a new dynamic to each individual team. This plus injuries makes for a new roller coaster each year.
I bring this up because I'm sensing a large shift in the tone of the Packers' season. Have you felt it too? On one hand, that which we should never speak about has been spoken. Now it hasn't started here, but there are some national pundits who bring it up.....again and again and again. There is this growing sense of invincibility, whether it's from glowing praise of pundits or the occasional biter remark from a fan from out ask a Packer section who talk of the almighty Packers.
Contrasting this view is the notion that there is something deeply wrong with the Packers. After all, we didn't score any points in the second half of last week's game. The defense is "struggling." Injuries are piling up. The sky is falling!!
Where is the truth in all of this and what should we expect out of this year's squad? First and foremost, I want to thank everyone here for not speaking the unspeakable. We need to keep that up and try avoid that topic with our guests who might ask about it. More importantly though, this team is very talented and probably the most well around team in football...yes including the defense.
I asked this question in a comment recently...who can really defeat the Packers on a consistent basis? In a more crass wording, which teams can really hang with the Packers? I doubt there are many. The defense is good enough to keep the number of points down and the offense is able to score on some of the stingiest defenses in the league. Right now I would say that there are a handful of teams that really threaten the Packers outside of the any given Sunday principle. Teams like the Saints, Patriots, and Ravens. The Lions and Niners are probably in that class as well. Outside of that though who is left? The Chargers, maybe...the Raiders? Things get even leaner when you limit it to just the NFC and see the mess in the East, the way we are handling the south and the north, and the lack of talent on every team not in San Fran out there.
This team is the best in football right now with all its flaws. There's no reason to think that we shouldn't be in the running for an NFC North Championship, a deep playoff, and maybe even a repeat Super Bowl win. Those are my expectations for this year. As for the unmentionables? Well, let's sit back and wait and if things really get going we'll see what happens.