Comparing the 2010 Green Bay Packers to the 2012 Squad
The similarities are there.
With each new player added to the injured reserve, the talk of the adversity overcome by the 2010 squad grows louder and louder. We want to believe that it can be done again. That all the adversity of a season can be brushed aside and a team can just go out there and take the title despite all the obstacles that have been placed in front of them.
We want to see the comparisons between the 2010 team and the 2012 team. If we can find a link between the two, it gives us better hope that it can happen again this season.
Well, I am here today to give you hope and take it away all at the same time. There are direct comparisons that can be made between the two teams that will make them seem very similar and also very different.
Let's take a closer look at the 2010 championship team compared to this year's Green Bay Packers.
The offense from 2010 and the offense today measure out pretty similarly.
In 2010, the Packers averaged 24.3 PPG, 10th in the league. This season the Pack averages 24.8 PPG, one-half point higher. However, due to the rise in scoring this season, that average is 13th in the league this year.
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Rushing for both teams is remarkably close. The 2010 squad averaged 100.4 rushing yards per game, good for 24th in the league. The 2012 Packers average 100.7 rushing yards per game—just three-tenths of a yard difference. This average is good for 23rd in the league. The similarity between the two teams would indicate that the rushing game for the Packers this season has not hindered the offense.
The passing game for the two offenses show more of a difference.
The 2010 team averaged 257.8 passing yards per game, good for fifth in the league. Meanwhile, the 2012 team has averaged 242.2 yards per game, good for 14th in the league.
The initial reaction from these statistics might be that the passing game has been less effective this season. But that may not actually be the case.
The loss in passing yards this season can be linked to the offensive line. When a quarterback is sacked, the yards come off of the team passing yardage. So, a large number of sacks can have a significant effect on a team's overall passing numbers.
As it just so happens, the 2012 Packers have suffered a ridiculous amount of sacks this season. They have already racked up 37 sacks through 11 games. The 2012 squad is on pace for 53 sacks, which would be more than the 2009 Packers team.
Many consider the 2009 team to have had the worst offensive line of the Rodgers era. The 2010 Packers were only sacked 31 times the entire season. The added sacks, along with the lost yardage of passes never attempted due to those sacks, can contribute to the decline in passing yards.
What is the biggest hurdle for the Packers to overcome to win the Super Bowl?
Although Aaron Rodgers and the 2010 Packers offense get a lot of the accolades for the championship, many forget just how good the defensive squad was in 2010. The 2010 team allowed just 15 PPG that season, good for second in the league.
The 2012 team is allowing 24.8 PPG, which puts them at 13th in the league. The 2010 squad also allowed just 309.1 yards per game, placing them fifth in the league. As of this week, the 2012 team is allowing 348.1 YPG. That's good for 17th in the league.
This year's Green Bay Packers haven't completely dropped off on the defensive side of the ball. The 2010 Packers were second in the league in sacks, while the 2012 team currently sits at third. The 2010 Packers were also second in the league in interceptions, while the 2012 team sits 10th as of this week.
While that is not quite as high, the Packers still have another game against Jay Cutler to go, so stay tuned on those numbers.
Obviously, with five games to go in the season, none of these rankings for the 2012 Packers are set in stone. With players continuing to get healthy, the team can continue to get better and improve toward the playoffs.
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While no two teams are ever going to be identical, what this comparison does show us is that the 2012 Packers are going to have to do one of two things: They are going to have to find a way to score more points or they are going to have to find a way to allow less points.
Being in the middle of the league in points scored and points allowed is not a recipe for a championship team. Championship teams have something that they do great to rely on in tough situations. This current Packers team as it sits right now does not have that trait.
It's not too late. The 2012 Green Bay Packers can still rise to greatness. But the time is now.
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