The 2012 season is all but over for the Green Bay Packers.
Signs that the Packers were no longer an elite squad started to show against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1. We all just assumed that the Niners were one of those teams that come around every once in awhile and that the Packers got beat by a better team.
We were right that San Francisco was better. We just didn't understand how far the Packers had fallen.
I can already hear the responses from Cheesehead Nation.
"Calm down. They're 2-3 and only two games behind the first-place Bears and Vikings. They'll be fine. And if the refs hadn't robbed them in Seattle, they'd have a winning record and this article wouldn't have been written."
That's not entirely true.
The Packers didn't play well enough to win against Seattle. In a more troubling revelation, the Seahawks aren't that good. They're a mediocre team with a solid defense and that's it. If the Packers were still the Packers of yesteryear, they would have drilled Seattle and never left the game in the refs' hands.
Still don't believe that the Packers are done this year? Then check out these three reasons.
The Schedule Isn't Getting Any Easier
The NFL is an unforgiving place. Wins are rarely gifted and can be snatched away by one blown call, as the Packers surely understand.
That's why every team needs to win the easier games. This week's loss against the Indianapolis Colts will come back to haunt the Packers because the competition gets much stiffer in the coming weeks.
The rest of the schedule includes the surprising Cardinals, the Giants and divisional foes Minnesota and Chicago. It's completely realistic that Green Bay could lose six more times this season for a final record of 7-9.
The Defense Is Still Bad
Last year, the Packers gave up a historic 4,796 yards through the air. What did the Packers do to address those concerns? Drafted defensive end Nick Perry.
Obviously, a hurried quarterback will have problems with accurate throws. A sacked one, even more so.
However, more could have been done to add depth to the secondary.
The Packers numbers as a team are much improved. In fact, they rank sixth in the league against the pass. However, a large part of that "improvement" is due to playing the offensively challenged Seahawks.
When the game is on the line, Green Bay cannot get the stops needed to get wins. This isn't a new, temporary trend that will work itself out. It's a fatal flaw that has sunk the 2012 season.
The Offense Isn't The Same
The Packers rode their all-world quarterback and ridiculous offense to 15 wins last year. You can overcome such terrible defense only with an equally incredible offense.
That's hasn't been the case this season.
The offense isn't clicking. Jordy Nelson hasn't been able to find the end zone, Greg Jennings hasn't been able to stay on the field and the running game is averaging 84 yards per game.
Talented tight end Jermichael Finley hates catching the ball and the offensive line has been little more than turnstiles.
Aaron Rodgers cannot do everything. Now, with Cedric Benson out for an undetermined amount of time, he'll be relied upon even more heavily.
As was mentioned a few times, the 2012 season has become pointless exercise for the Green Bay Packers. Draft preparation is well underway in Wisconsin. I wonder if the Pack will draft high enough to grab David Amerson.
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