The Green Bay Packers may finally put the Brett Favre situation in their rear view mirror and concentrate on what is important. The NFC North title. Green Bay will have one of the five best quarterbacks in the the NFL, a solid running game and the hardest working receivers on offense. Green Bay has plenty of talent on defense but they allowed to many points at critical moments.
Aaron Rodgers is Primed & Ready to Become Premier QB in NFC North
Aaron Rodgers has already emerged as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and as his confidence grows Rodgers will make sure no respectable cheese head will compare him to Brett Favre by the end of this season. Rodgers mobility under pressure in the pocket is his downfall. Rodgers takes too many sacks but his offensive line must improve for him to become the top quarterback in the NFL.
Green Bay addressed the offensive line problem with their first pick in the NFL Draft, Bryan Bulaga. Bulaga was a huge pick up for Green Bay. Bulaga was slated to be a top five pick in the NFL Draft and fell all the way to Green Bay with the 23rd overall pick. The offensive line will be an area of concern with possible injuries and lineman in the mid thirties. Green Bay may be scanning the waiver wires to add depth at this position if any lineman pull up lame in training camp early.
Receivers & Ryan Grant Make Rodgers Job Easy in Green Bay
Donald Driver was a nice surprise in the 2009 NFL season and Greg Jennings was solid as usual. Another big target Rodgers became reliant on late in the season was tight end Jermichael Finley. Finley has good hands and he punishes linebackers and secondary defense after he makes the catch. Donald Lee still figures in the offense but Finley is the stud.
Ryan Grant is a steady running back that helps keep Aaron Rodgers offensive attack balanced. Grant is a banger out of the backfield and his straight up and down running style softens up the best defenses. Grant is sure handed and is trustworthy with the ball in critical red zone situations, unlike his counterpart in Minnesota.
Clay Mathews & Green Bay Defense Will Need to Step Up & Stop Teams From Red Zone
Clay Mathews was a great addition via the NFL Draft in the 2009 season. Mathews brought a youthful exuberance to the Green Bay defense and his high motor was a key to getting Green Bay to the NFL Playoffs. AJ Hawk and Nick Barnett are also linebackers that love to punish receivers and running backs across the middle.
On the corners there is still not many better than Charles Woodson. Woodson won well deserved Defensive Player of the Year honors from several publications and websites. Woodson has always had a nose for the ball and great speed as a back peddler. Woodson’s nose for the ball and closing speed make him a critical component in the Green Bay defensive scheme.
Al Harris across the way from Woodson makes up for his lack of speed with his brutal physical play against the wide receivers who dare cross his path. Harris went down with a knee injury in week 11 of the NFL season and his replacement, Tramon Williams, has nine picks in two years of spot play.
Defensive Line May be an Issue With Johnny Jolley Gone
The suspension of Johnny Jolley, while potentially devastating to Green Bay, was not a complete surprise to Green Bay management. Green Bay’s draft strategy for the 2010 NFL Draft was to pick up a solid defensive end to plug in the lineup if anything developed with Jolley.
Green Bay’s second round draft pick and 56th overall pick was Purdue’s Mike Neal. Along with Green Bay’s first round NFL Draft pick in 2009, BJ Raji these two lineman inject youth and speed to the Green Bay defensive line. What Green Bay adds in youth, they will suffer with inexperience. The defensive line could go in either direction in 2010 and could be a key to the defenses success.
Green Bay Can Beat Minnesota for NFC Title if They Can Sweep Series
The Green Bay-Minnesota two game series will most likely determine home field advantage for the 2010 NFL Playoffs. Both teams will be able to handle their schedules easily making their two games head to head the most critical games of their seasons. The match up of Brett Favre against Aaron Rodgers could be two of the best games of the regular season.
The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook has the Green Bay Packers as a 10-1 shot and their over/under win total is 9.5 wins. Green Bay should win 10 to 11 games and go over the 9.5 wins but a Super Bowl win may be asking much of Rodgers and he Packers.
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