This article looks at the upcoming season, and how the Packers need to react to these fairly easy opponents.
San Francisco 49ers
Thank goodness we have Aaron Rodgers and our depth at wide receiver and tight end, because we would not be able to run the ball against San-Fran no matter who we draft. The 49ers were and will probably remain, number 1 against the, especially since they have the same starters this upcoming year. The 49ers are number 16 against the pass, so we won’t expect a total blowout through the air but I would say we have a good chance to start Jennings/Nelsons season in a positive way.
The Bears will be the first division rival we face this year, and we will have to play similar like we do to the 49ers, the Bears are number 5 against the run and 28 against pass. This game will certainly feature our receivers, and when were on defense we dont have to worry much about their passing, we will need to focus our efforts on stopping Forte and now, Bush.
Seeing as though Matt Flynn will probably start, I can’t predict much on how their passing game will be however, with Marshawn Lynch our linebackers are going to have to play with aggression and intelligence. We took a good pass-rusher from the Seahawks in Anthony Hargrove but we our offensive line will still have to play well. The ‘Hawks were number 9 overall on defense but I think Mr.Rodgers can handle it.
New Orleans Saints
The Saints are the toughest opponent we will face next season, and this is where our new pass-rush will hopefully play well to stop Drew Brees from launching crazy accurate rockets to his receivers. Our linebackers will also have to stop Darren Sproles and Mark Ingram from running into our secondary that already has problems with tackling. On offense we should not have many problems by passing to some of our larger targets like Jermichael Finley who could wreak havoc in the Saints secondary who will not add any top-level defenders mainly because the Saints lack 1st and 2nd round picks.
Well, the Packers will be one of the first few to test Andrew Luck’s skills, by this time our secondary should be figured out, and we will be able to shut the Colts’ new offense down. The Colts will probably have a new running back but I doubt it will be elite, so our linebackers, by now, should be able to stop him.
In week 6 we will face one of the best pass-rushes in the league. Even without Mario Williams most of the season, they managed to remain an elite front 7. This will a test of our offensive line, and see how Rodgers reacts under some pressure, the Texans were number 14 against and 24 against rush, so this will be a great game to watch.
There’s not much to say here, the Rams are not ready for the Packers, expect a blowout.
This game could be fun for the Packers defense, the Jaguars have the worst offense in the league, which could be really good practice for our pass-rush and secondary. Surprisingly the Jaguars are number 6 in overall defense and number 8 against the pass. This could get interesting quickly, and after the draft I wouldn’t be surprised if their early picks don’t help them. The Jaguars, if they make the right moves could be one of the most underrated teams. Step 1: replace Blaine Gabbert.
The Packers’ secondary needs to shut down Larry Fitzgerald, if we do it correctly and don’t make any silly mistakes this could be a cake walk. The Packers’ offense shouldn’t have many problems running through the Cardinals’ #21 rated rush defense. And Aaron Rodgers could pass through the number 17 pass defense.
Rest up Packers!
Our second divisional match up comes late in the season against Megatron and the Lions. The NFC North has the weakest secondaries in the NFL. This is great for Aaron Rodgers 6 times a year. In week 11, don’t be surprised if all our first downs involve a pass. The Lions, conveniently, are also weak against the run, if our running game is successful by this time of the season we could do well. The Lions will definitely challenge our defense, they are the 4th best passing team, meaning we need to bring down Matthew Stafford. However, we might also need to utilize our middle linebackers to blitz, seeing as they might be discouraged to run with their number 29 rated rushing attack.
New York Giants
Grrr… The Giants stopped our great season last year and had audacity to win the Superbowl afterwards. The Packers need to play with aggression, especially the o-line to hold back Jason Pierre-Paul and Co. Our pass-rush has to bring down Eli Manning. Last year Eli had enough time to order a Brooklyn pizza, eat it, and take the time to relax and pass a completion. Our pass-rush can’t do it all so our secondary is going to have step their game up as well. DON’T DROP THE BALL. Last time we faced the Giants Jermichael Finley had a bad case of the dropsies, if he can fix that, his natural size could strike enough fear in to Atrel Rolle and gain a few yards.
The Vikings, otherwise known as the worst team in the NFC. Okay, maybe not the worst, but the worst in the increasingly tough NFC North. Lets be honest the NFC North is like a high school, the Packers are the main jocks and popular kids, and the Bears and Lions are the grunts who are kept in check twice a year each. The Vikings are the geeks who get beat-up continually through the season. To simplify this analysis, the geeks are going to get stuffed in their lockers. Packers win.
This game could possibly be a repeat of week 11, the game plan is quite simple. Keep Megatron covered, and bring down Matthew Stafford, if we accomplish that the Packers should walk away with a win. At this time of year Jahvid Best could be quite explosive though, so it would be a good idea to have our MLB’s watch out for a few running plays.
Michael Bush and Matt Forte could be the most dangerous players on the Bears offense. It’s almost scary to think we have to partly rely on the inconsistent A.J. Hawk to take them down. The secondary might not have a problem against the Bears sub-par receivers, but I’d hope we don’t get cocky.
Finally after three division games, we get to beat someone who were not used to winning against. The Titans have a very speedy halfback in Chris Johnson, and are the number 12 passing team, the Titans will be pretty easy to beat if we can stop the offense. The defense is the 23rd in the league, number 22 against the pass, no match for Aaron Rodgers.
By now I would hope we have the home-field advantage and are able to bench most of our starters, this game will become irrelevant and we could still win, seeing as if our second-stringers beat the last years Lions, who are better then the Vikings.
This season could be pretty easy for the Pack. We could walk into the playoffs undefeated, and hopefully leave with the Lombardi Trophy above our heads. The Packers are a great team, and a few upgrades away from being one of the best teams ever on both sides of the ball.