Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be celebrating after throwing for a lot of touchdowns during the upcoming 2010 season.
I expect Rodgers, who threw for 30 touchdowns, 4,434 yards, and just 8 interceptions while also rushing for 316 yards and 5 touchdowns in 2009 to be even better in his third season as a starter.
This will be the year where Brett Favre's protege puts it all together and completely steps out from the legend's shadow, although he does play an awful lot like the old man and that will not change.
He has gained insurmountable experience in posting a 17-15 career record as a starter over two seasons, which will allow him to hold the ball less and take a few more chances.
Don't expect Rodgers to over-throw the deep ball to Greg Jennings like he did on the first play of his team's overtime playoff loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Ensuring his receiver has a chance at making the play would have sent the Packers into the second round.
Rodgers will contend for the M.V.P. in 2010 protected by an improved offensive line.
The Pack added Bryan Bulaga and Marshall Newhouse in the draft and surrounded Rodgers with an all-star cast of weapons at skill positions including Jennings, Jermichael Finley, Donald Driver, Ryan Grant, Jordy Nelson and James Jones.
And the defense, which finished the 2009 season ranked second in the league overall, will be even better in 2010: their second year running Dom Capers 3-4 defense. They posted 37 sacks, 30 interceptions, 12 fumble recoveries and three touchdowns in Capers' first year as defensive coordinator in Green Bay.
In 2010, the defense, led by 2009 Defensive Player of the Year Charles Woodson, Clay Matthews, Nick Barnett, Ryan Pickett and Nick Collins will be even better. They'll be aided by the addition of safety Morgan Burnett and defensive ends Mike Neal and C.J. Wilson. The return of veteran cornerbacks Al Harris, Will Blackmon and Pat Lee from injury will also be helpful. With the influx of talent and a second off-season under Capers' scheme, Green Bay's defense will be dominant in 2010.