As we head into the heart of the 2012 NFL campaign, the playoff picture is slowly beginning to take shape. The Green Bay Packers currently trail by a game and a half in the NFC North, but with five division matchups still to come there is plenty of room to regain ground lost early on.
In the NFL, and particularly in a black-and-blue division like the NFC North, there is no room for mediocrity. The team that is the hungriest, with the highest number of players bringing their elite games to the table will win.
With injuries plaguing both the offense and the defense, the Packers have a unique opportunity for some of their younger and more inexperienced players to step up and prove that they can compete. While that is typically terrible news, the Pack has a long history of big success by newcomers when they are needed the most. And then there are the team veterans whose seasons thus far have still left room for improvement.
Who are some players that must step up in order to put the Packers on top of their division and keep them there as the season trundles on? Keep reading to find out.