It’s no secret that people who know football expect the Green Bay Packers to be pretty good in 2016. The question is, how good is pretty good?
Well, in the name of truth, this post doesn’t seek or even necessarily respond to that question. However, when it comes to the question of who will win the NFC North this season? The brilliant Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel got some scouts to weight in and three of the four surveyed picked Green Bay to win the division.
Of course, this can mean a great deal or very little. “Scouts” also said Tom Brady was no good, most of them anyway. And just because a scout says it, doesn’t mean it’s true.
But make no mistake, football is life for these guys. Literally, football is what they do. That and travelling. So when there is a majority opinion, particularly when it comes to entire teams, I tend to give it some credence.
Now, before Vikings, Lions and Bears fans get up in arms, McGinn also gets a breakdown of those teams, which receive favorable words, although more go the Vikings and Lions than Bears.
Personally, I like Minnesota. I mean I don’t like Minnesota, god no. Too cold and terrible and purple. But abstractly, as a football team, the Vikings don’t have a lot of holes. And honestly, I like the Sam Bradford deal. Not the the compensation, that was bad — but the player can be pretty good. Watch his last few games of last year.
Detroit will be about the same. Kinda good, kinda bad. They are tougher but probably would have a better in an easier division. Ditto for the Bears. I think Chicago will be around .500. John Fox is a good coach and they have some players, but Jay Cutler.
Need I say more?
In my opinion, the Packers are the favorite. If Jordy is anything like himself and Rodgers can get back to a near-MVP level — AND if Eddie Lacy can stay away from the fatty foods, the outlook is promising (says the magic 8-ball of my childhood).
In all seriousness though, this might be the best defense the Packers have had in decades, maybe since the days of Reggie White, back when he was dumping Drew Bledsoe for three sacks in the Super Bowl and running around with the Lombardi Trophy held over his head.
The secondary is deep and talented; the linebackers, inside, are good enough and outside, are great. Clay Matthews is ready to wreak havoc. Oh and Julius Peppers will move up a little further on the all-time sack list.
That doesn’t even mention Mike Daniels, an animal of a defensive lineman. He should go to the Pro Bowl this year and if everything holds to form and if Mike McCarthy doesn’t do anything as stupid as giving up the play calling, the Packers could be in the Super Bowl.
Or they could lose in overtime, without letting Rodgers touch the ball, a single time, FOR THE THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR.
Either way, I have a feeling, this season is going to be fun.