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NFL Season Preview: #17 Green Bay Packers

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Overview: The Packers kissed Brett Favre goodbye last season, and did the same to a winning record. Green Bay struggled in QB Aaron Rodgers’ first year starting, going 6-10. The defense struggled mightily, both with injuries and consistency.

Offseason Moves: The Packers stayed relatively quiet during the off season. They drafted Boston College DT B.J. Raji and USC LB Clay Matthews in the first round of the draft, to help the defense. The biggest change is the system in which the Packers will run, switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4. This move is making DE Aaron Kampman, who once led the league in sacks, become the LOLB.

Upcoming Season: Green Bay has the offense in place with RB Ryan Grant and WRs Donald Driver and Greg Jennings, and just has to stay consistent. Hopefully Aaron Rodgers progresses like they hope, and Green Bay could be a top offense in the league. On the other side of the ball, the Packers look stronger on defense, but a switch of systems always takes adjusting to. Look for the defense to start off slow, but pick it up later in the season.

Nick BarnettPlayer to watch: If the defense wants to succeed, it needs its leader and MLB Nick Barnett healthy. Barnett missed the last seven games of the regular season due to injury, and the Packers lost six of those seven. With a change in defense, it becomes even more important that Barnett is playing, and leading Green Bay’s defensive unit.

Prediction: 9-7, 2nd in NFC North

Honestly, if the Vikings didn’t pick up Brett Favre, I could see the Packers winning the division. With Favre though, I know the Vikings will take both games from the Packers. Of course, the for mentioned change of defense will slow Green Bay down a bit.


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