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I'll add this one to the list of people wanting to disagree with me about.
I know that Aaron Rodgers has become this stud to the media. Where his acclaim has been warranted, well I'm not sure yet. He's a great QB. He has awesome accuracy and distance.
He has 2 big problems that I don't believe have been answered. He loves to hang on to the ball too long, and still has a suspect offensive line. Those are two huge reasons why I'm not ready to anoint the Packers top of the NFC, yet.
I won't deny, they have a great WR core. I really like development of TE Jermichael Finley. I believe he can be one of the best pass-catching TE's in football. Ryan Grant is a good RB and can make defenses pay in open space. I believe, like Dallas's problem, this will fall on the shoulders of the big guys protecting Rodgers.
If they can perform like a solid unit and keep Rodgers comfortable, I believe they can overcome the Flying Favres of Minnesota. The issue with them is that I see them losing that line of scrimmage match-up. You put Jared Allen, Ray Edwards, the Williams Wall, and that Minnesota LB core against Green bay's offensive line, my money sits with Minnesota.
They face Minnesota twice, the NY Jets, Dallas Cowboys, the Redskins (Don't forget, this was a top 10 defense who knew how to sack the QB. I highly doubt they are looking forward to seeing Brian Orakpo), plus I don't think anyone would disagree that the rest of the NFC North got better along that defensive front.
Now I don't want people to think i'm forgetting about Green Bay's defense. They have one of the best LB cores in the game. But did anyone else forget they lost Jolly for the season due to his off-the-field issues? This guy was a huge reason why they collapsed pockets so much. Another real problem here is that both Al Harris and Bigby are out for the first 6 weeks. Now I know Bigby was in question to lose his starting job, but Al Harris was a big contributor to that secondary. Injuries can make or break any team, but they're racking up early against the Pack.