Wednesday, September 7, 2011

NFL 32 in 32: Green Bay Packers

The Super Bowl champions last year won the Super Bowl as a 6 seed, and with a multitude of injuries. Now, the Packers get most of the injured players back, and they keep the key piece, Aaron Rodgers. Many say that this time is the most likely champ to repeat in a long time, but will they be the first team to repeat since the Patriots of 2004-2005?

What's New:  Not much, if anything. The losses that they suffered in free agency weren't that major, but they will create some impacts. They lost OG Daryn Colledge and Jason Spitz to Arizona and Jacksonville respectively, DE Cullen Jenkins to Philadelphia, and SS Atari Bigby to Seattle. Also, some Packers stalwarts were released, and they include LB's Brandon Chillar, Nick Barnett,  and Brady Poppinga, and T Mark Tauscher. The only major addition was the drafting of OT Derek Sherrod from Mississippi State.

Biggest Strength: As the Super Bowl Champions, everything should be a strength, and most things are for this team. Aaron Rodgers is an elite QB, and he has truly come into his own. He has a good running game with Ryan Grant who returns from injury, and playoff standout James Starks, and a bevy of passing game weapons including Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, Jordy Nelson, and TE Jermichael Finley, just to name a few. Their offensive line is very good, and should be able to keep Aaron Rodgers upright for most of the season. On defense, they have a powerful defensive line that can generate an impressive pass rush, a linebacking corps led by Clay Matthews which is very impressive and can do anything, and a secondary with players such as Charles Woodson, and Tramon Williams, and can shut down almost every receiver in the league.

Biggest Weakness: There isn't a major weakness on this team, and as with every team, injuries are going to be a problem, but they completely fought through them last season, so why can't they this year? There may be depth issues on the offensive line, and possibly in the secondary, but they shouldn't become major problems.

Outlook: They have a very good chance to repeat as Super Bowl champions, because they have everything in tow. They are the team that everyone will have a target on, but they should be able to fight through that. They are the champions and the best team right now in the league. They are the ones that everyone wants to beat, and they should be able to fight back against all of the challenges.

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