The Packers have faced all sorts of unfamiliarity since kicking off the 2012 regular season, from starting 1-2 to struggling offensively. Green Bay will get more of that in Indianapolis as they line up against Andrew Luck and the new look Colts. What shouldn’t be different is the Packers’ path to victory, which starts with consistency on the O-line and pressure from the pass rush.
The Bears and Packers kicked off the 2012 season on very different notes, Chicago showcasing some offensive firepower with Green Bay failing to establish any sort of rhythm on either side of the ball. Most would argue that there is no such thing as a “must-win” game in Week 2 of the regular season. However, the Packers would put themselves in a very undesirable hole with a loss against the Bears in the league’s Thursday night opener.
The Packers picked up where they left off in January, looking exceptionally sluggish on both sides of the ball before the offense tried to rally late in the fourth quarter. The season-opening loss was just Mike McCarthy’s second as head coach of the Packers. Green Bay has a short week ahead, hosting the impressive Chicago Bears on Thursday.
The Packers thought for sure they would play host to the 49ers in the NFC Championship game last January. Instead, that game was never played and both teams fell short of the Super Bowl. While it is indeed a long season, it’s safe to say that the winner of this Week 1 showdown will have the inside track on getting to New Orleans.
The NFL’s most talented offense showed minimal capacity for new bodies heading into the 2012 season. With that, fans spent the past four months pondering whether there would be room for wide receivers Tori Gurley or Diondre Borel on the 2012 roster. Close to no one predicted that unknown receiver Jarrett Boykin would be the sixth member of the famed Packer wide receiver corps.
Unless you really get into the battle for the remaining positions, game four of the preseason is booorrriiiinnnggg… Oh sure, we all watch it. After all, the Packers are on the field, and the Packers can sell out an intra-squad scrimmage. But, that doesn’t change the fact that the game is usually a huge yawner.
So, here are a few brief tips to make the game more fun. Continue reading
In only half of his seasons as Packers head coach has Mike McCarthy boasted a record better than .500 at the halfway point of the regular season. With the exception of last season and 2007, the McCarthy-led Packers have made a habit of starting slow and finishing strong, tallying five postseason wins in the process. With the bad taste of a home playoff loss in their mouths, how might the Packers open this season?
With Greg Jennings entering a contract year in 2012, many people are left wondering what to expect from the Pro Bowl receiver. While Jennings is clearly the top option for Aaron Rodgers, there is still a plethora of talent surrounding the Packer offense. The emergence of a guy like Jordy Nelson, the fifth year player out of Kansas State, who actually had more receiving yards and touchdowns than Jennings in 2011, has made the Green Bay offense less predictable and very suitable for a strong campaign from Jennings in 2012. Continue reading
The Packers hardly looked like recent world champions as they fell 35-10 to one of the league’s least talented clubs in their second preseason game of 2012. It is, of course, the preseason, with ample opportunities to tune up for the games that matter. Two positions that can help keep the team in its winning ways are running back and cornerback. The question is figuring out which players will start in those spots.
Ted Thompson stunned the football world with the signing of Cedric Benson after James Starks injured his toe in the preseason opener. Benson’s addition comes as a surprise for two reasons. First, five-year Packer Ryan Grant remains unsigned and second, the Green Bay backfield without Benson boasts respectable, young talent.
I thought about running a poll…
Which would you rather have, a 10-6 season and a Super Bowl win or a perfect 16-0 season and a Super Bowl loss?
I thought about it… but the answer seems obviously unanimous. I can’t imagine any Packer fan who would ever be completely satisfied if we don’t bring that Lombardi trophy back to Lambeau where it belongs.
I take a great deal of pride in the fact that the Packers had a historic season last year. The 15-1 record will be one that will be hard to top, and it was one amazing ride. Still, 15 wins only earned us the division title.
Great! So we won the division. The real importance of winning the division is simply this… Continue reading