The Elephant in the Room: Can the Packers Go Undefeated?

Chad LundbergCorrespondent IIISeptember 19, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers huddles with teammates during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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We all know about the 1972 Miami Dolphins and the 2007 New England Patriots. But neither of those teams finished with a 19-0 record. The Dolphins played a 14 game regular season schedule and the Patriots didn't win the Super Bowl, going 18-1.

So the question becomes who will be the first team to ever truly go 19-0?

On ESPN's First Take, Rob Parker made the bold claim that the Green Bay Packers will be the second team to ever go 16-0 and win the Super Bowl. Aaron Rodgers hater, Skip Bayless, gladly took the opposing opinion. (You can watch the clip here)

Bayless—"They didn't even beat the Stafford-less Lions last season."  

Rob—"The Packers lost Aaron Rodgers in that game."

Bayless—"The Packers only barely beat Chicago in week 17."  

Rob—"Did they win or lose that game?"

Bayless—"Aaron Rodgers almost lost the second half to Caleb Hanie! Jay Cutler plays some of his best football against the Packers!"  

Me (at least what I would have liked to have said)—" Cutler has thrown 10 interceptions against the Packers, that's two for every meeting. The Packers almost lost Chicago not because Chicago was capable of doing so, but because McCarthy likes clock management. A lot."

Rob Parker made some good points in my opinion, and while I'm hesitant to say that the Packers will go undefeated, I feel compelled to make the best argument I can to show why Green Bay can in fact go undefeated this year.

Parker also made a good point about Green Bay's pass defense. It's been absolutely horrible so far, in fact, it's currently ranked as the worst in the league. But it ranked second last season, and despite the loss of Nick Collins, it should improve as the season goes on.

The main culprit to Green Bay's defensive woes have all been on Jarret Bush in my opinion, as I make clear in my article "Can the Packers Rebound from Their "disappointing" Victory Against Carolina?"

When Tramon Williams returns, you can fully expect the Packers to get their pass defense back in motion and therefore eliminating their defensive woes.

The Packers two biggest games remaining are Atlanta and San Diego and both teams already have a loss this season.

For Atlanta, even Falcons fans have to admit that Aaron Rodgers plays like a champion in domes. The Packers dominated the Falcons in every phase of the game, but this time around, Rodgers will have Jermichael Finley, Ryan Grant, Alex Green, Randall Cobb and a better offensive line.

I'm not saying it's a shoo-in, but the odds heavily favor the Packers in that game.

San Diego was ranked as the league's No. 1 offense and defense last season, so in my humble opinion, if the Packers lose to one team this year, it's them. But even in that game, the Packers hold a huge advantage.

The Packers have their bye week before the game, and I know personally as a California native that the crowd will simply swell with Packers fans. All of the elements will be in Green Bay's favor.

There's also one more thing I feel is important to note.

There's a saying that the season doesn't really start until November rolls around, and that's when the Packers get a huge boost with a home-field advantage.

If the Packers notch the top seed in the NFC, that means they will play seven of their last 10 games at home. The only cold team that is scheduled to play on Green Bay's turf in that span is Chicago.

So in summary, the Packers offense is explosive and only getting better, their defense needs some working but it's bound to get back on track sooner or later, their remaining "tough" games will have the odds and elements in their favor and will boast a huge home-field advantage during the second half the season.

Very few teams have gone undefeated, or even have gotten close, but the Packers can make it happen this year.