Green Bay Packers: 3 Reasons to Believe the Pack Can Return to Super Bowl XLVII

Nick HartCorrespondent IFebruary 14, 2012

Green Bay Packers: 3 Reasons to Believe the Pack Can Return to Super Bowl XLVII

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    The loss by the Green Bay Packers to the New York Giants in the Divisonal Round of the 2011 NFL Playoffs was clearly a disappointment for Packers fans.

    However, the 2012 NFL Season is just around the corner, and Green Bay fans have plenty to be optimistic about. Packers fans have every reason to expect Green Bay to return to Super Bowl XLVII.


The Offense

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    The 2012 Green Bay Packers are going to return almost everyone from the No. 1 offense in the NFL.

    Aaron Rodgers, the best quarterback in the NFL and the reigning MVP, will continue to light up scoreboards with the best receiving corps in the league.  

    Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings are among the top 10 at their positions, and the line is only going to improve with the experience gained by Bryan Bulaga, Marshall Newhouse and Derek Sherrod.  

    Jermichael Finley's expected return via the franchise tag will only add to the embarrassment of riches that the Packers posses on offense.  

The Defense

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    Was the defense the worst in the NFL? Statistically, yes.  However, the stats don't always tell the whole story.  

    Statistically, the Green Bay Packers defense was drastically hindered by the offense.  Since the offense was so dominant, teams were able to gain yards and score points in which the offense had already put the game away.  

    Ultimately, there is still plenty to be optimistic about regarding the defense.  B.J. Raji and Clay Matthews are among the best young talents in the league.  Sam Shields and Tramon Williams are among the better corner tandems and Charles Woodson continues to be an impact player with seven interceptions.  

    However, the return of Dom Capers after being rumored as a potential candidate for head coaching jobs was a major coup for the Green Bay Packers.  Capers is a defensive whiz, and his return is a major boon for the 2012 Packers defense.  

The Front Office

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    The Green Bay Packers front office is among the best in the NFL.

    Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy have done a phenomenal job identifying players who can contribute in the offensive and defensive systems through both free agency as well as the NFL draft.

    The 2012 off-season shouldn't be any different.  The 2012 NFL draft should prove lucrative for the Packers, as Thompson has continually drafted rookies who contribute immediately.  Players such as Clay Matthews, B.J. Raji, Bryan Bulaga all had major impacts their rookie seasons.  With Thompson at the helm, the Green Bay Packers will again have a stellar NFL Draft.    

Conclusion

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    The Green Bay Packers will enter the 2012 NFL season with high expectations, and their fans have every reason to be optimistic regarding the team.  

    The return of the best offense in the league, an improved defense, and the players taken in the 2012 NFL draft should make the Green Bay Packers one of the favorites to hoist the Lombardi Trophy at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.