After a dismal start to the season,
the Green Bay Packers have strung together a few impressive wins and are back
in the division race with a 4-3 record.
The Packers are only two games out
of the first-place spot currently held by the Chicago Bears. Things are
certainly looking a lot better for the Packers now than two weeks ago.
The Packers started the season with
a loss to the San Francisco 49ers 30-22. Green Bay bounced back the next week
with a Monday night victory against the Chicago Bears, 23-10.
Next came the game against the
Seattle Seahawks, a game Packer fans will not soon forget. The Packers lost the
game on a blown touchdown call as time expired. The play subsequently led to an
agreement between the NFL and the striking referees.
The Packers then beat the New
Orleans Saints, 28-27. The Pack looked like they might have been getting in a
groove, but then the Indianapolis Colts stunned the Packers with a 30-27 upset.
The loss may have awakened a
sleeping giant, as the Packers came ready to play against their toughest
opponent of the season, the Houston Texans. The Packers stomped the Texans,
This past weekend, the Packers
traveled to St. Louis to take on the Rams. It wasn’t the prettiest, but Green
Bay came out on top with a final of 30-20.
Now, the Packers stand at a modest
4-3 record. It isn’t what many fans expected, but it could be a lot worse.
To put it in perspective, the Super
Bowl-winning 2010 Packers started the season 4-3, but finished strong down the
stretch, played their best ball at the end of the season and made history from
This is exactly what the 2012
Packers are set up to do. With the tough, start some people wrote them off
early and focused on the teams with better records like Atlanta, Houston and
Chicago, which could come back to bite them.
Green Bay has gotten through the
hardest part of their schedule and now has a legitimate shot at winning the
rest of their games.
They play the Detroit Lions twice,
who proved to the world Monday night against the Bears that they are a very
beatable team. They also play the Minnesota Vikings twice, a team that will not
play as well as they have been.
The games to look out for will be
the playoff rematch in week 12, against the New York Giants. The Giants can
beat anyone at home.
The other threat to the rest of the
Packers schedule is the week 15 matchup at Soldier Field against the Bears. If
Green Bay can win both of those games, they will be in good shape for the
On the offensive side, there are no
surprises as to who is moving the ball for Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers is having
another MVP-caliber season, leading the league with 19 touchdowns and a 109.6
On defense, Clay Mathews has gotten
off to a fast start racking up nine sacks. Charles Woodson had been playing
well but has been diagnosed with a broken collarbone. Someone will have to step
up the next four-to-six weeks that Woodson’s out.
The Packers next
matchup will be against the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars. Jacksonville will be
without star running back Maurice Jones- Drew, who is expected to miss extended
time with a foot injury. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert also found out this week
that he has a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder. However, he reportedly
will play. The kickoff is Sunday, on CBS at 12 p.m.