Though I believe the Packers will make history and become the first true team to go 19-0, that's not what I'm claiming here. I am merely listing the reasons why they would go undefeated.
There's a lot of debate as to whether or not a team should even attempt such an ambition, mostly because such an ambition only puts more pressure on the team and therefore takes its mind off of winning a Super Bowl.
I believe a team should go for it and for one simple reason: You play to win the game.
It's the NFL, folks. It's about making history, it's about doing the unbelievable, it's about doing something that no one else can say they've done. The Packers have a chance to be the first, and they ought to take it.
Here are four reasons why I think they can.
They Were Close Last Year
A record of 15-1 is about as close to undefeated as you can get, and it's proof that you shouldn't rest your starters in the final week of the season.
After resting Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews and other notable players in Week 17, it was clear just two weeks later that resting starters is a mistake. They Packers lost in the divisional round, and hard.
Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers will surely attempt to avoid making that mistake again.
So we already know what the Packers are capable of, it's just a matter of them being slightly more consistent.
They've Addressed Issues on Defense
I'm not saying their defensive problems are magically going to disappear and that they'll get back to their 2010 form. But they did address virtually every major need on defense in the draft this year.
They drafted two linebackers, two defensive linemen, a safety, a cornerback and traded up several times to get the necessary players they needed. I mean, something has got to give here.
At the very least, we can expect the defense to crawl out of the hole it fell into in 2011. When you allow the most passing yards in NFL history, the only direction you can go from there is up.
I don't feel the need to have to say anything here, because you've probably heard all of it about now. Rodgers is the best player in the NFL, and possibly in the U.S.A.
There's almost nothing the quarterback can't do. He can make every throw, he can read defenses, he can scramble, just what can't he do?
I want to say that Rodgers is the No. 1 reason that the Packers can go undefeated, but there is one reason that simply stands out more than him.
The Packers Have One of the Easiest Schedules in the NFL
The Packers will be facing the NFC West and the AFC South this year, which doesn't culminate to much. According to ESPN.com, the Packers have the second easiest schedule in the NFL.
What more do you need to know than that? Even a mediocre team would have a chance at going undefeated with such a schedule, but the Packers are already undoubtedly the best team in the NFL.
When you put everything together, you have a recipe for a 19-0 season.
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