The Green Bay Packers will hope to improve on their record from last season as they seek to win consecutive NFC North titles. Can they do it though?
Key Man: Aaron Rodgers
Last season, with a fit Aaron Rodgers for the first seven games the Packers went 5-2.
With Rodgers collarbone injury in the first quarter of the week 9 matchup against the Bears though the Packers season took a turn for the worse.
The Packers didn't failed to win in the next five Rodgerless games until week 14 when
they squeaked past the Falcons 21-20. In the end a half-fit Rodgers came back in the last week of the season against the Bears and led his team to victory and the wildcard playoffs against the 49ers.
That is how important Rodgers is to the Packers. He transforms them into a playoff contenders all by himself. He's fully fit at the start of this season if he remains so the Packers will challenge the very best this season.
Biggest Strength: No Huddle Offense
Whether the Packers no huddle up tempo offense can succeed against the Seahawks in week one where the Broncos no huddle offense fails remains to be seen, but taken over the course of the season there is little doubt that the Packers speedy attack is going to be a huge plus.
Eddie Lacey is a scarily good three down back. Aaron Rodgers is fantastic (see above) and Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are a great wide receiver pairing.
Biggest Weakness: Tight End
With Jermichael Finley looking like he will be forced into retirement due to his injury, the Packers and Rodgers have lost one of their favourite and best weapons. The hope will be that third round draft pick Richard Rodgers fills these boots but they are big boots to
Even if Rodgers has a great rookie season you have got to think that the Packers have got weaker in this position.
After a down season, the NFC North is back to looking pretty tough again. Couple the Packers regular NFC East schedule with games against the Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles and most of the Packers schedule is pretty tough.
Fortunately for Green Bay though, match-ups against the Bills, Buccaneers, Dolphins and Jets should give them so fairly simple wins. It is not going to be easy though.