As the 2010 NFL regular season kicks into gear, many teams have expectations.
As usual, there are those teams which would consider it a success to just be on a field in January; there are those that need to make the playoffs to make their season seem a relevant success.
Then there are those teams who feel it's Superbowl or bust: namely the two teams who went to the Superbowl last year.
And there are even those teams who already think they are the Superbowl Champions, even though they were handed a wildcard spot by Indy electing to rest their starters down the stretch of the 2009 regular season.
Now there are those Green Bay Packers, whom most would put into that Superbowl or bust category, but they have somehow created something more—not only the expectations they have for themselves (which is fair enough), after all no team should ever be playing for anything less than the Superbowl.
The issue I have is with the hype: In the past week, many predictions have surfaced and everyone will have their own opinion. I reviewed 25 NFL analysts predictions from NFL.com, ESPN.com, SportsIllustrated.com, and FoxSports.com.
The final conclusion? An astounding 23 have the Packers going to the Superbowl.
Even more so, 16 of 25 analysts predicted Aaron Rodgers to be crowned the NFL MVP this upcoming season.
Drew Brees, who may be the best quarterback in the NFL today and is yet to win the coveted award.
Tom Brady, looking like he's back to full strength.
Peyton Manning, who just about wins it every year.
Brett Favre, who (regardless of what we keep thinking) seems to always come back stronger.
Chris Johnson, if he comes close to what he did last season watch out; and let's show some love to the defensive players as well—if Darrelle Revis or Charles Woodson have similar seasons as they did a year ago, certainly they will be in the discussion.
My point being, the Packers have created a target on their back.
Week in and week out, teams will be gunning for the Packers hoping to get a taste of the “eventual champs.” Is that target too big for such a young team to handle? That remains to be seen.
Could you imagine what happens if the Packers don't bring the Lombardi Trophy back home? Or what if they don't make the trip the Dallas?
Even worse, what happens to McCarthy if they Packers fail to post a playoff win? What will be said of Rodgers if the Packers fail to make the postseason? It's scary to think about as a Packer fan.
Now realistically, it's possible they may not make the trip to Dallas. But realistically, with the talent and leadership this team has, they will certainly win back the division and Aaron Rodgers will win his first playoff game.
With the division title and the numbers this kid puts up, he will certainly be holding the MVP trophy at the end of the season.
With the arsenal of weapons at Rodger's disposal, the Packers will definitely get a chance to host the NFC Championship game.
With the all hype and hoopla, the Packers high expectations will take them to the Superbowl.
But what if?
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