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Green Bay Packers 2010 season preview: How our writers see it

10:47 PM, Sep. 7, 2010  |  Comments
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How our writers see the 2010 season for the Green Bay Packers and the rest of the NFL.

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Kareem Copeland

Packers record: 11-5

The Packers' offense will rank among the NFL leaders in every positive statistic. Aaron Rodgers is poised to put up numbers that rival elite quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees. The combination of Ryan Grant, Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, Jermichael Finley, James Jones and Jordy Nelson provides too many options to contain. The defense is what stops this team from reaching its fifth Super Bowl. The run defense should mimic last year's success and Charles Woodson and Nick Collins are still Pro Bowlers. But the lack of a pass rush will put a strain on the secondary. Not good for a pass-happy league.

NFC North: Vikings

NFC East: Cowboys

NFC South: Saints

NFC West: 49ers

Wild cards: Packers, Falcons

AFC North: Ravens

AFC East: Patriots

AFC South: Colts

AFC West: Chargers

Wild cards: Jets, Steelers

NFC title: Saints over Packers

AFC title: Patriots over Colts

Super Bowl: Patriots over Saints

Rob Demovsky

Packers record: 12-4

The Packers won't have any trouble outscoring people - not with weapons like Jermichael Finley, Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, James Jones and Jordy Nelson at quarterback Aaron Rodgers' disposal. In this day and age, offense wins games, maybe even championships. The question is, can they stop the high-powered offenses that carved them up last season? That General Manager Ted Thompson didn't add any big-time playmakers on defense suggests not, but maybe defensive coordinator Dom Capers has a few tricks up his sleeve. There's little doubt this is a playoff team, but there's reason to wonder if it can make a run.

NFC North: Packers

NFC East: Cowboys

NFC South: Saints

NFC West: 49ers

Wild cards: Vikings, Eagles

AFC North: Ravens

AFC East: Patriots

AFC South: Colts

AFC West: Chargers

Wild cards: Bengals, Texans

NFC title: Cowboys over Packers

AFC title: Patriots over Colts

Super Bowl: Cowboys over Patriots

Pete Dougherty

Packers record: 12-4

Obviously, this team can score. Aaron Rodgers is looking like a top-five quarterback, and tight end Jermichael Finley might be on the verge of dominance. But can Dom Capers' defense get enough stops against the league's best teams in the playoffs? To win a title you have to beat one or two elite quarterbacks in the playoffs, and there's reason to question whether the Packers have the pass rush to finish on top of the heap. Regular-season games against Tom Brady (New England), Brett Favre (twice vs. Minnesota), Matt Ryan (Atlanta) and maybe Tony Romo (Dallas) and Donovan McNabb (Washington) will give an indication. The NFC North isn't a gimme, but can Minnesota duplicate last season? There's reason to doubt. Age has to start taking down Favre sometime, Sidney Rice is out for at least half the year, and whether Percy Harvin can answer the bell all season is anybody's guess. The Packers' chances to win the Super Bowl are about as good as anybody's.

NFC North: Packers

NFC East: Giants

NFC South: Falcons

NFC West: 49ers

Wild cards: Cowboys, Saints

AFC North: Steelers

AFC East: Patriots

AFC South: Colts

AFC West: Chargers

Wild cards: Ravens, Titans

NFC title: Falcons over Packers

AFC title: Patriots over Chargers

Super Bowl: Patriots over Falcons

Mike Vandermause

11-5

The Packers will be better than last season but will produce the same regular-season record because of a tougher schedule. There won't be many concerns on offense with Aaron Rodgers enjoying the luxury of multiple weapons at his disposal. How far the Packers advance in the playoffs will largely depend on the performance of the passing defense, where a suspect pass rush and depth in the secondary could become problems. A special teams upgrade is also needed for a deep playoff run. If the Packers can avoid key injuries, the Super Bowl is within reach.

NFC North: Packers

NFC East: Eagles

NFC South: Saints

NFC West: 49ers

Wild cards: Vikings, Falcons

AFC North: Ravens

AFC East: Patriots

AFC South: Colts

AFC West: Chargers

Wild cards: Steelers, Jets

NFC title: Packers over Saints

AFC title: Ravens over Steelers

Super Bowl: Ravens over Packers

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