Green Bay Crunch Time

The Pack Attack is Back

It’s that time of the year again to break out the crystal ball, the NFL season is right around the corner. In Green Bay, the patience of Packers’ fans is running thin due to being bounced from the playoffs by the rival San Francisco 49ers in back-to-back years. The Packer organization knows that they have their work cut out for them, and they cannot afford a duplicate season like last years so for now you will be able to find cheap Green Bay Packers tickets online.

The Packers must first worry about building their own roster and adding depth to key positions, before they can start looking around the league to see what everyone else is doing. After winning the division in the 2014 season with an 8-7-1 record, they have to know that just matching last year’s performance will not be enough. The Packers did add some key depth to their defensive line by adding ex-Bear, Julius Peppers. This will be Peppers’ first year playing in a 3-4 defensive scheme, and the Packers will need him to regain his dominance form he once flashed just a few short seasons ago. The Packers hope that by teaming him up with Clay Matthews, it will cause enough havoc to disrupt the opposing team’s offense. Disrupting the opposing team is not something the Packers defense did enough last year, they finished in the bottom third in the league in passing yards allowed and rushing yards allowed.

On the other side of the ball, the key to success is keeping #12 in an upright position. Aaron Rodgers missed half the season last year with a broken collarbone, and the Packers struggled mightily to adjust. Green Bay just does not have the depth or the experience at back-up quarterback to keep the ship afloat if their All-Pro goes down again.

With all that being said, my crystal ball shows the Packers having a bounce back year. After shoring up some weaknesses on the offensive line, I’m predicting the Packers are going to go 12-4 this year. And that includes an upset win on the opening Thursday night game in Seattle. Outside of the Bears, the NFC North is not going to test the Packers much this year. Detroit will end up being Detroit, and self-implode in big games, and the Vikings have been in a downward spiral for the last few years with no end in sight. The Packers have to remember one key thing if they want to better last year’s performance, keep Rodgers healthy.