BY REED SHALLUE
After a measly 1-2 start for the Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers quieted the green and gold by telling them to “R-E-L-A-X and trust that everything will be alright.” Since then, the Packers have looked dominant on all sides of the ball and are making a case as the team to beat in the NFL this season.
In the first three games of the season, the Packers looked unbelievably disorganized as a team and gave up a combined 79 points while scoring 54 points of their own. Many fans were calling for Dom Capers head and to replace him with someone who actually knows what a defense is. However, the next set of three games told a different story with the Packers going 3-0, conceding only 51 points, and racking up 75 points.
This season the Packers are being tested by teams that don’t look to be too scary on paper, but could end up giving Green Bay difficulties throughout the entire year. Currently near the top of the NFC North, the Packers should now be considered the favorite to win the division as I only see them losing no more than three games the rest of the season.
Rodgers will be our savior, as always, and Eddie Lacy will get back to his high stepping ways within the next few games. Staying healthy on defense will also be a key for the Packers success this season. A few injuries in crucial positions could hurt the Packers chances in the long run. And speaking of running, the main issue for the Packers should be their currently pathetic run defense and finding a solution on how to contain the running attack.
As long as the Packers continue to put up enormous offensive numbers and find a way to work out some kinks in the defense, we will be seeing them bring home the Lombardi trophy from Glendale, Arizona this upcoming February.