Not even one week into the regular season, the injury bug has bitten the Packers, already down two starters for the entire season. Depth has traditionally been a staple to Ted Thompson’s rosters but is nowhere to be found at safety, wide receiver and offensive line this year. Without several household names – Greg Jennings, Desmond Bishop and Charles Woodson – Green Bay will need young guns like Randall Cobb and Morgan Burnett to step up this fall.
The Packers face four 2012 playoff teams in the first five games of the season, three of which are on the road. That doesn’t bode well for Mike McCarthy’s teams which, with the exception of 2007 and 2011, have posted very marginal first halves of the season. McCarthy has, however, found a way to win when it counts and likely will this season as well. What’s in store for a Packers team that owns the league’s best quarterback but shows no sign of improvement on defense?
It’s the beginning of a new era in Chicago but I speculate that Marc Trestman’s Bears will get the better of the Packers in the season finale at Soldier Field. The Packers will squeak into the playoffs in 2010 fashion, though, facing the NFC East champion Cowboys in the wildcard round. The Packers will surprise America’s team at Texas stadium and visit top-seeded Atlanta the following week. Unfortunately, the Packers won’t have the same fortune as 2010, falling to Mike Smith’s Falcons.