NFC North Preview- Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers under went a transformation when they said good bye to their legendary quarterback, Brett Favre. His replacement, Aaron Rodgers, could not recreate the 13-3 season hte Packers had in 2007. They instead slipped to 6-10 season and there was groans from the Lambeau faithful. Now, the team has adjusted to Rodgers, they have a healthy team, and a new defensive coordinator who is going to change the scheme of the whole defense. The base defense will go from 4-3 to 3-4. It could be what the Packers need as most of the succesful teams are finding better success switching to a 3-4 defense.

Last season, Aaron Rodgers was the only offensive weapon that the Packers had, and with Ryan Grant not at 100% for most of the year last year due to a hamstring injury, the Packers were a one dimensional team. One bright spot in the passing game is the fact that Green Bay has the more premier tandem in the NFL in Donald Driver and Greg Jennings. This offense was 8th best in the NFL in total yards per game with 351.1. Another key thing Green Bay will need to avert their attention to is the offensive line. They need them to play well to avoid being one-dimensional again, and protect Rodgers in the process.

Dom Capers is taking over as defensive coordinator for the Packers, and he’s changing up the whole defense scheme for the Packers. One potential way that this scheme will work for the team is that they are going to put a whole lot of speed on the outside linebacking position. Clay Matthews, is a rookie who will have an immediate impact and with the USC pedigree, he will have success. On the other end, Aaron Kampman is going to be playing OLB, which will maximize his ability to be an even more feared pass rusher than he already was. Expect top draft pick B.J. Raji to come in and be the anchor when teams go on the run.

Overall, Green Bay will be fighting it out with Chicago for a wild card spot. I think Chicago’s QB situation really improves its offense with Jay Cutler, and Aaron Rodgers is just not quite there yet to be the premier QB in the NFC North. Add the fact that the former legend is wearing purple for the division rival. How will this play out? Only time will tell.

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