The Green Bay Packers were much improved last season after a disappointing 6-10 campaign in 2008 ,and are looking to take the division crown from the incumbent Vikings.
Aaron Rodgers had a career year last season passing for 4,434 yards and 30 touchdowns en route to leading the Packers to an 11-5 record, and a playoff berth.
Their 28.8 points per game was due in large part to not only Rodgers, but the offensive weapons surrounding him.
Running back Ryan Grant rushed for 1,253 yards and 11 touchdowns—both career highs—and is a physical, punishing back who fumbles on rare occasion.
Greg Jennings and Donald Driver both posted 1,000 yards for the second year in a row as Rodgers' primary targets.
Both have great hands, but Driver dropped numerous passes, lowering his production near the end of last season.
More will be expected from 2009 first-round draft pick B.J. Raji, who suffered a high ankle sprain in the final preseason game last year, and did not return to form until midseason. Expect the strong, athletic Raji to make a big impact.
The defense hopes to continue its defensive dominance as it led the league in rushing yards allowed, and interceptions (30).
The defensive linemen and linebacker positions should stay consistent with Ryan Pickett and Clay Matthews leading, respectively.
Matthews, despite not starting until Week Four, earned to a trip to the Pro Bowl as a rookie, while setting a team rookie record with 10 sacks.
Behind CB Charles Woodson, and his league high nine interceptions last season, the secondary will continue to be a focal point in Green Bay's defense.
The Packers definitely have the pieces needed to become a championship contender but the health of key players could play a factor between possibly winning the division, or winning a Super Bowl.