The Green Bay Packers are the cream of the crop when you are talking about the NFC North. They were the favorite to win the division last year coming off of their Super Bowl victory, and they are the odds on favorite to win it again. Last season, they ripped through their opponents and compiled a 15-1 record and leading the league in most of the offensive statistical categories with virtual ease. Aaron Rodgers has made the Cheeseheads forget all about that Favre character, and he will have another successful year in the upcoming season. But as great as Rodgers was last year, the Packers couldn’t repeat te previous season’s team success. So was last year a total bust? Of course it was. Anytime you have such an explosive offense and you are one game away from a perfect regular season, wouldn’t you expect, at least a Super Bowl appearance? But that was last year. What will the Green Bay Packers do this season?
Fantasy Football Studs: By far the biggest fantasy football asset is QB Aaron Rodgers. Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson…the Pack is stacked! On the offensive side of the ball. Aaron has many weapons and they move the ball easily. This team is a no brainer for fantasy footballers on draft day!
Area of Strength: The Packers will be a great team this year. And the reason for that greatness will come from the strength of Aaron Rodgers and that Packer passing game. Rodgers played in 15 games and still passed for over 4600 yards, 45 TDs, and only 6 pickles. The one game he didn’t play in was the last game of the season, when they sat him out. He is a big time QB and barring injury, he will be hot again this year. The receiving corp is also dynamite. Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings combined for over 2200 yards and 24 TDs, with Nelson leading the way with 1200 and 15 respectively. These are two big time targets for Rodgers. TE Jermichael Finley had a down year last season, coming off an injury, but he still managed over 700 yards receiving and 8 trips to the end zone. These components R the strength and the catalysts of the Packers team.
Area of Weakness: It was not a great year for the defense. Especially with the passing game-yikes! So its no surprise the Pack spent 4 of their 7 draft picks to improve on that side of the ball. When you have Aaron Rodgers and an offense that can really rack up points, its easy to overlook this deficiency on the team. A 15-1 record is great in the regular season, but clearly won’t cut it in the post season and its clear the Packers recognize this.
2012 Marquee Matchups: Week 1 at home against the Niners, Week 4 at home against the Saints, Week 12 at the Giants are all key matchups, but dont forget the battle with the Lions in Weeks 11 and 14.
All Things Green Bay Packers: There are many ways to keep up with the Green Bay Packers. Seriously! Here are just a few we like…
Apps: Packers Everywhere (by Green Bay Packers) ; Official Green Bay Packers Mobile ( by DMiINTERACTIVE); Packers News (Luno Software, Inc.)
Fan Clubs: The official Green Bay Packer Fan Club can be found on www.packers.com in the fan zone.