At the midway point of the 2012 NFL season, the Green Bay Packers have a 5-3 record. Yes, I know, the Packers should really be 6-2, but the replacement ref debacle which caused a loss in Seattle was a reality.
Before I try to prognosticate how the Packers will fare in the second half of the 2012 season, let us take a look at some factors that have contributed to the Green Bay record, so far.
First, there are the injuries. I recently wrote an article that talked about how the quality depth that Ted Thompson has accumulated has helped the Packers overcome the injury situation for the most part.
Time will tell how good this quality depth truly is.
Individually, there have been a number of bright spots.
Aaron Rodgers has thrown 21 touchdown passes, compared to just four picks for 2,165 yards, and that is good for a 107.9 quarterback rating. That quarterback rating is tops in the NFC, plus Rodgers leads all NFL quarterbacks in touchdown passes.
That being said, Rodgers has also been sacked 28 times, which is leads the NFL for individual quarterbacks.
Clay Matthews is second in the NFL with nine sacks.
Rookie cornerback Casey Hayward is tied for third in the NFL with four interceptions.
Wide receiver James Jones is tied for the NFL lead with seven touchdown receptions.
As a team, the Packers have not fared so well statistically.
Green Bay is ranked 21st in total offense in the NFL, as the Packers are ranked 12th in passing offense and 26th in rushing offense.
The Packers are ranked 13th in total defense in the NFL, as the Pack is 19th in passing defense and 12th in rushing defense.
The Packers do lead the NFL with 26 sacks.
The Packers are tied for seventh in the NFL with nine interceptions.
However, the Packers are only ranked 27th in the NFL with four forced fumbles and are ranked 29th in the NFL with only one recovered fumble.
So what does this all mean heading into the second half of the season?
Well, as I try to do my best impersonation of Nostradamus, I see the Packers going 7-1 the second half of the 2012 season to finish with a record of 12-4.
That should also be good enough to win the NFC North, as I see the Packers sweeping all of their NFC North opponents the rest of the season.
The Packers will suffer their only loss of the the second half of the season to the current NFL champion New York Giants in New Jersey.
Here is my game-by-game breakdown...