NFL: Green Bay in the Post Favre Era

james lawrenceCorrespondent IJune 25, 2008

As a life long, die hard Brett Favre fan, I always assumed that every year I would see good old No. 4 gunslinging passes every Sunday. Then I grew up and realized my favorite quarterback would not always be taking the snaps for Green Bay.

The worst day came when I saw the live press conference with Favre at the mic. I wondered what he would say. The thought of him leaving Titletown was almost too much to handle and then it happened. He started crying and I knew my favorite player, and person I had come to admire, was done.

For the rest of the day I was in shock. I didn't actually know how to feel. I realized then that the Green Bay Packers that I followed religiously could come to an end.

I have never supported Arron Rodgers. I was not impressed by him at Cal and when Green Bay drafted him I was disappointed.

Looking at the weak NFC North, I realized that Green Bay still has a shot.

Detroit has a poor defense and both offensive and defensive lines are weak. No threat there.

The Chicago Bears defense has become softer, with the overrated Brain Urlacher as the anchor. Plus their quarterback issues are beyond repair.

Now, on the other hand, the Minnesota Vikings give me a bit of a scare. The absolutely amazing Adrian Peterson will be a huge threat on offense and the defensive line is the best in the business. It will be interesting to see how they do.

With all of that said, I wondered how the Packers would fit.

Green Bay also has a lot going for them.

Ryan Grant is a solid back who can get you close to 100 yards a game and the offensive line is solid enough to give Rodgers time in the pocket.

The defense is as good as it has been in a long time. The linebacking core is dominating with Hawk, Barnett, and Poppinga. The only hole I see is that Al Harris has become soft and cannot contain as well as he used to.

This is how I see the NFC North:

Green Bay    10-6

Minnesota     8-8

Detroit         6-10

Chicago        6-10