Breaking Down the First Half of the Season

Packers BearsIn 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?

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Greg Jennings: Great Expectations

Greg Jennings Packer Wide ReceiverWith 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

Positions with Vacant Starting Spots Could Prove Vital

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.

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The Bottom Line is It’s Mostly About the Super Bowl

Packers: It's About the Super BowlI 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

2012 Season Predictions

With one preseason game under their belts the Packers prepare to build on their historic 15-1 season of 2011. Injuries to key contributors, however, will serve as a barrier to Mike McCarthy’s group. As is the tradition, Packer Nation’s experts weigh in on the outcomes of all sixteen regular season games plus the postseason.

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Bishop’s Injury an Opportunity for Walden

Erik WaldenWith the prospects of Desmond Bishop being out for several months, or even the entire 2012 season, the Green Bay Packers could be in a pinch at inside linebacker. Second-year man D.J. Smith is the logical choice to line up next to A.J. Hawk in the Green Bay 3-4 alignment, but there’s another guy on the roster who I feel could make an impact in Bishop’s place.

That player is Erik Walden.

With rookie Nick Perry replacing Walden on the outside, the former starter actually has better size for an inside ‘backer in a 3-4 and his athleticism would be a good change-up from that of Hawk.

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2012 Packer Season: The First 5 Games

Packers Early 2012 Season ScheduleThe race to the Super Bowl begins with a great start. Get the season rolling your way early and you have a big advantage. Sputter out of the gates and you’re in for a long uphill climb to get back into the race.

Coming off a 15-1 season and returning nearly all starters to the high-powered Packer offense, it’s easy to think the Packers will be hitting on all cylinders from the first whistle. But, this is a new season. So, let’s take a look at those first five games. Continue reading

Nothing Set in Stone on Defense

Sam ShieldsDom Capers’ defense finished the 2011 season 32nd in total defense and 32nd versus the pass. Perhaps it’s not surprising that – despite the six defensive players added in the draft – the unit enters training camp with questions all over the place. The Packers have responded well from defensively challenging seasons in the past (2009) and must do so in 2012 to have a shot at returning to the big game.

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