Packers Attempting a Repeat, Chances Appear Solid


Today's NFL preview features the Green Bay Packers, a storied franchise who added their fourth Lombardi trophy last season when they vanquished the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl 45.


After visiting the White House to be honored by President Barack Obama, the Packers seem poised to repeat the feat in 2011.


Having a signal-caller as illustrious as Aaron Rodgers is always a good foundation for success as in only three seasons where he has played extensively, he has tossed 86 touchdowns against 31 interceptions and only seems to be getting better.


Meanwhile, while Rodgers has had concussion problems recently, Matt Flynn has proved to be an adept backup.


While the Packers had numerous injuries last year, they only seemed to get stronger when it mattered most as general manager Ted Thompson has an uncanny ability to find treasure where others only see trash.


This prescient gift has helped the Packers find diamonds in the rough such as linebacker Frank Zombo and jack-of-all-trades Spencer Havner who adroitly caught a touchdown pass off of a deflection in last weekend's exhibition at Cleveland.


With a stable of stellar receivers such as Greg Jennings, the erstwhile veteran Donald Driver and the dependable Jordy Nelson, Rodgers is not hurting for targets to throw too.


When healthy, tight end Jermichael Finley is an impossible matchup for many defenders and tailbacks Ryan Grant and James Starks add to a potent offense which amassed an impressive 5,730 yards in the championship campaign of 2010.


Additionally, defenders such as Clay Matthews III, Nick Collins (who is celebrating a birthday today) and Charles Woodson return from a defense which surrendered only 240 points, or 15 points per contest, last season, good for second in league annals.


While the Packers could potentially have trouble replacing defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, now with the Philadelphia Eagles, the smart bet is to not count Green Bay out as their ingenuity knows no bounds until it does.


With that said, they could face a stiff challenge from vastly-improved Detroit in the NFC North, although Chicago, with Jay Cutler at the helm, has nowhere to go but down and Minnesota, with ex-Eagle and Redskin signal-caller Donovan McNabb is an unknown at this stage who could rebound from a disappointing 2010.


I do expect the Packers to be in prime position to defend last season's Super Bowl title but if there's one thing I know about the NFL, it's that I don't know anything.


Thus, with this undiscovered adventure awaiting us, let's bring on the games and see how the Pack performs in defending its crown. 


Thanks for reading!

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