After the Green Bay Packers made a somewhat surprising run through the playoffs last season to win the Super Bowl, the biggest question for the season opener is easy:
Are they going to be good enough to repeat?
The short answer is yes, but here's a hopefully more detailed description of why they're once again the favorites to win it all.
Aaron Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks in the game. His numbers last season weren't the greatest for a Super Bowl MVP, but it was enough to get the job done. He keeps getting better every year, and this season will be no different.
Along with Rodgers, the Packers return almost every key player from last season, and they also get TE Jermichael Finley and RB Ryan Grant back from injured reserve.
Finley should be a great target for Rodgers this season along with star WR Greg Jennings. After Jennings, the Packers are still deep at receiver with Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Donald Driver.
The question on offense will be the offensive line and their ability to keep Rodgers' jersey clean throughout a game. After giving up 31 sacks last season, the Packers have had some trouble with their line in the last few preseason games.
The Packers will most likely have one of the best offenses in the league, but their defense is what's going to make them such a good team. They have just been getting continually better since Dom Capers took over as defensive coordinator in 2009.
Their secondary, led by veteran CB Charles Woodson and last year's break-out star CB Tramon Williams, will be poised and ready to take on Drew Brees and the Saints' illustrious passing game.
The Packers will win this game. Their impressive play will show the world that they are ready to repeat.