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Green Bay Packers: Road to a Repeat Will Be a Bumpy, Yet Rewarding One

ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  Head coach Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers holds up the VInce Lombardi trophy after the Packers won 31-25 against the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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JD KrugerCorrespondent IIMay 11, 2011

You all have heard this song and dance before: The NFL is a level playing field. Making it to, and much less winning another, Super Bowl is nearly impossible. The odds are too great to slip up in the playoffs. A key injury will hold the team back from making it to the playoffs at all.

There are just too many obstacles in today's NFL for a team to realistically repeat, say the critics.

So, let's just get it out in the open now. The Green Bay Packers have a better shot at repeating than all the champions in recent years. Better chances than Drew Brees' Saints, the mighty Steelers and the Peyton Manning led Colts. Here's why...

The Packers are simply better than all of those teams.

Ted Thompson and the Packers brass have built this team to last. They didn't build from the bottom up to simply win once and then fade off into the distance. Oh no, the Packers are built to win tomorrow.

You can look up and down the Packers roster, and you won't be able to come away with any other conclusion. The Packers have one of, if not the, deepest rosters in the NFL.

Every position, every spot on the depth chart serves a purpose. All of the players on that roster are ready to come into a game and make an impact right away. Which is a big reason why the Packers were so successful even with so many players on injured reserve.

Don't take the aforementioned statements incorrectly. I am not trying to persuade you, by any means, that the Packers are a lock to repeat as league champions.

They will surely have their troubles along the way. One thing that gets to me, as a Packers fan, is that we always lose to teams we have no right losing to.

Last year, the Pack fell to the Lions, Redskins and Dolphins—the latter two losses coming in overtime. There are always a few losses like that to rely on every season, and it grows tiresome.

With that said, the Packers do have one other extremely beneficial factor in their corner: the NFL Lockout.

Some of the younger teams with less team chemistry built up will fail to see the growth we are usually accustomed to from rebuilding teams. The lack of practice and familiarity with each other will come at a severe detriment to their chances to be playing come January.

Mike McCarthy and the Packers on the other hand, will come prepared regardless.

The Packers will enter 2011 with virtually the same players—minus a little turnover for players leaving through free agency, and adding a few big names that we will be returning from injured reserve.

And don't forget this little gem: Before winning Super Bowl XLV, the Packers had gone to four Super Bowls prior (won three, lost one). Each of the prior trips resulted in a trip back to the big game the following year.

The road to a Super Bowl repeat begins now. The road to a dynasty...begins tomorrow.

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