The Packers Are Who We Thought They Were
Before the 2010 season kicked off, the Green Bay Packers were the popular pick to represent the NFC in Super Bowl XLV. Those expectations quickly faded as the team placed 11 players on injured-reserve in the first half of the season. However, the Packers’ performance over the last three weeks has renewed optimism once again. After defeating the Jets, Cowboys, and Vikings by a combined score of 85-10, the pundits are once again calling for the Packers to make a run at the postseason.
Doug Farrar of Yahoo! Sports called the Packers “the best team you’ve been ignoring” and pointed out that, “Not only did they whack the Vikings in a season sweep…they’re two overtime wins from a 9-1 record. Each of their three defeats have come by just three points.”
Prior to the season, the Packers’ offense was thought to be the stronger half of this team. But Dom Capers has done a masterful job in his second year as defensive coordinator and has his defense playing as well as any in the league.
Much like last year, the Green Bay Packers are surging during the second half of the season. On Sunday, the Green and Gold travel to Atlanta to face the 8-2 Falcons. The resurgent defense will have its hands full with quarterback Matt Ryan, but the matchup should determine the top team in the NFC.
Atop the NFC North and poised for a playoff birth, the Packers are right where everyone thought they would be; they’re just not doing it how everyone thought they would.