Green Bay Packers bring back dynamic offense, questionable defense

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers leads a Packers offense that will return every starter and key reserve from the playoff opener, which Green Bay lost to Arizona 51-45 in overtime. Full Story
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Real

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Sep 9, 2010
The Packers finished with the #2 overall defense last year. Can someone explain?

I have Vikings fans tellme how horrible our defense was last year,even though the Vikes ranked 6th overall,and gave up more yards and points???? Go figure.

I agree they can improve, that would be to the #1 defense in the NFL.
LOL

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Sep 9, 2010
Real wrote:
The Packers finished with the #2 overall defense last year. Can someone explain?
I have Vikings fans tellme how horrible our defense was last year,even though the Vikes ranked 6th overall,and gave up more yards and points???? Go figure.
I agree they can improve, that would be to the #1 defense in the NFL.
51 - 45 Don't bother with stats. They're misleading.
Fishing For Corn

Moline, IL

#3 Sep 9, 2010
This is the most accurate synopsis of the Packers that I've seen recently. I'm a Packer fan and I too think the defense is suspect again this year. How can you add a couple of rookies to the mix without suffering some downside? Every other article about the Packers have them strolling into the Super Bowl, but I don't see any improvements to the defense to warrant such lofty expectations. Plus they don't have a solid running game. Ryan Grant is no A.P.
Gern Blanston

San Francisco, CA

#5 Sep 9, 2010
How can their offense be unstopable with a weak offensive line like that? The kool aid sure must be tasty in cheeseland these days, and I am sure they are all lining up for a big glass of it. Silly cheeseheads. If nothing else at least they have hope...and dementia.
Where s Waldo

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Sep 9, 2010
Pete Clemenza wrote:
Puck the Fackers!
Did you just make sweet love to the Packers?

Great.....join the bandwagon since old man
winter will get carted off the field during
the Saints game. You will need a new team
to "Puck" with.

Go Packers Go!!!

Since: Aug 10

Here

#7 Sep 9, 2010
"Every offensive starter and key reserve from that game is back. And except for end Johnny Jolly, who was suspended indefinitely by the NFL."

The loss of Jolly for the season is huge when considering he was their leading tackler on the line. It will be interesting to see how it turns out without him. Was the preseason loss to lowly Cleveland a hint? Time will tell... it always does.
mydogchuck

Aurora, CO

#9 Sep 9, 2010
Great article! I, too, am a Packer fan and this is spot-on. People look at Shields being the starter as a good thing, but I agree that is says more about Lee, Underwood and Bush than it does Shields. Maybe not, but there's a reason he was undrafted, right?

The coaches have been talking about what a good camp Brad Jones had (although a little nicked up) so maybe he'll make a leap and rush opposite Matthews. Maybe.

I hope the punter is a solid upgrade- that will help a lot in special teams. Overall I have a feeling that the Pack is 2 key players away from the SB.
Exactly

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Sep 9, 2010
LOL wrote:
<quoted text>51 - 45 Don't bother with stats. They're misleading.
Exactly just like Queens fans yapping about what a great defensive end Jared Allen is. How many sacks did he have last season NOT against Green Bay??????
Exactly

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Sep 9, 2010
Gern Blanston wrote:
How can their offense be unstopable with a weak offensive line like that? The kool aid sure must be tasty in cheeseland these days, and I am sure they are all lining up for a big glass of it. Silly cheeseheads. If nothing else at least they have hope...and dementia.
Are these the same Queens fans that seem to think McKinnie is one of the best tackles in the game? BF gets the ball out faster than anybody in the game and he still managed to get completely destroyed by Peppers in the Carolina game. If I was a Queens fan, I'd be a little worried about your own offensive line. FOOLS!!!!!
Pete Clemenza

Houston, TX

#12 Sep 9, 2010
Exactly wrote:
<quoted text>
Are these the same Queens fans that seem to think McKinnie is one of the best tackles in the game? BF gets the ball out faster than anybody in the game and he still managed to get completely destroyed by Peppers in the Carolina game. If I was a Queens fan, I'd be a little worried about your own offensive line. FOOLS!!!!!
If I was you....I'd be worried about your unemployment running out, there, Sparky!

“sorry we're out of cheese”

Since: Feb 07

jacksonville beach, FL

#13 Sep 9, 2010
packers are gonna ger smoked all year - just like the gonja u gotta be smokin to be a fan. Silly cheddar heads. packers blow

“HHhhhoooowwwlll”

Since: Feb 08

Craigville

#14 Sep 9, 2010
~~Cricket~~

--Yawn--

^^fart^^

“HHhhhoooowwwlll”

Since: Feb 08

Craigville

#15 Sep 9, 2010
Real wrote:
The Packers finished with the #2 overall defense last year. Can someone explain?
I have Vikings fans tellme how horrible our defense was last year,even though the Vikes ranked 6th overall,and gave up more yards and points???? Go figure.
I agree they can improve, that would be to the #1 defense in the NFL.
You played a weak schedule, and when you did face an elite QB, you were torched(Does over 500 yards to little Ben ring a bell?) How about Warner? He tossed for tons of yards too, you see, the defense was exposed late in the year, look for that trend to continue.

Since: Aug 10

Here

#16 Sep 9, 2010
They do have a dynamic offense until they face the better defensive teams and then it... run, run, Rogers run.... sack.
Looney Alert

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Sep 9, 2010
Pete Clemenza wrote:
<quoted text>
If I was you....I'd be worried about your unemployment running out, there, Sparky!
Weren't you the Queens fan posting "bad language" here and got
banned?

True to your team both are idiots and has beens.....like in
no superbowl and no substances.

Aaron Rodgers.......GB for life.
Pete Clemenza

Houston, TX

#18 Sep 9, 2010
Looney Alert wrote:
<quoted text>
Weren't you the Queens fan posting "bad language" here and got
banned?
Banned?? Apparently not, d###head! Yes, I am using very salty language today with regards to posting about tonight's game but equally as apparent is that my salty language isn't offending the Topix sensors. So stick that in your pipe and smoke it. SKOL!
GBPfan

Fountain, CO

#19 Sep 9, 2010
Real wrote:
The Packers finished with the #2 overall defense last year. Can someone explain?
I have Vikings fans tellme how horrible our defense was last year,even though the Vikes ranked 6th overall,and gave up more yards and points???? Go figure.
I agree they can improve, that would be to the #1 defense in the NFL.
Only 5 Packer opponents last year had an offense that didn't rank in the bottom 12. And the other 5 weren't the top 5 among the 20 ranked higher. The #2 ranking is misleading. If the Packer's D was really the NFL's second best, they would have had at least one more playoff game. The article raises a valid point. Good passing attacks lit up the Packers last season. The Packers lost players from the D in the offseason. Obviously, the D will need to have some young players step it up. Or the offense will need to outscore alot of teams. The fact is that the Packers may actually improve and finish with no better record than last season because of a much tougher schedule. The offense will be dynamic. The D and ST are the question marks.
Danger

Sioux Falls, SD

#20 Sep 9, 2010
Getting a decent punter would be a huge improvement for ST, so I hope it works out. We gave up a lot of yardage in field position last year from bad punting. Not much room to go anywhere but up in overall ST. Our coverage is still bad, based on what I saw preseason (ST is one of the few things that I think you CAN judge in preseason).
Danger

Sioux Falls, SD

#21 Sep 9, 2010
Our Oline is good, and whatever dbag said otherwise earlier must be basing his insight on what our group of JV folks did early season last year. Itís a different line.
Iím not keen on our D this year, although we will be stronger at the beginning of the season than we were last year since we wonít be learning the ropes on the 3-4. I donít know how well that will translate into late- and post-season play, though.
Grant

Saint Paul, MN

#22 Sep 9, 2010
I'm also a packers fan and can believe all the super bowl hype we are getting. The offense will be great, but the defense cant stop good teams. Until they prove that, they will be one and done in the playoff every year...I just hope we can beat the Vikings once this year :)

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