Casey Hayward has earned increased playing time. And Hayward will get that playing time with fellow defensive back Charles Woodson out for six weeks. The Packers’ youth in the secondary has impressed as a group. Hayward’s four interceptions are tied for best in the NFL.
Aaron Rodgers can return to MVP form on any given week. That’s right – any week. The Houston defense under Wade Phillips is no joke and Rodgers flat out torched them on Sunday night. The former MVP flashed brilliance on more than one occasion as his offensive line provided adequate yet not perfect protection. His six touchdowns may be just the spark the Packers needed to get the offense rolling.
A young secondary is also an inconsistent secondary. Amidst the early season struggles have been flashes of greatness out of the Green Bay secondary. However, Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck brought out the worst in the group in the second half of Sunday’s loss. Reggie Wayne had his way against an overall talented set of players.
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.
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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?