Scenarios in Which the Green Bay Packers Don't Repeat as Super Bowl Champs
There are few, if any, teams that are more likely to win the Super Bowl than the defending champion Green Bay Packers.
Honestly, it looks like they are playing in an entirely different league from everyone else.
Some of the scenarios are unlikely. Some are very likely.
Here they are.
If They Go 16-0 in the Regular Season
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Let's face it, history repeats itself.
If the Packers manage to go 16-0 in the regular season, the pressure on them will be tremendous.
Those ex-Miami Dolphins will be popping the champagne once again at some point this season.
Just like the New England Patriots in 2007, the Packers will fail under to the pressure, probably to a team that they would beat nine out of 10 times during the regular season.
The Packers Offensive Line Breaks Down
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If the Packers offensive line breaks down, it is all over for the Packers.
When Aaron Rodgers starts to get hit, he will lose some of his accuracy and no doubt scoring will also go down.
The Packers win by outscoring the opponent. That is hard to do if your quarterback is not safe in the pocket.
Not to mention, Aaron Rodgers does have issues with concussions, so they need to be careful.
The Packers Stop Intercepting the Ball
While the Packers give up the second most passing yards per game in the league, they lead the league with interceptions.
In fact, they have 19 on the season.
The next closest team has 15.
If the Packers stop taking the ball away from other teams, those teams will start scoring more. The Packers method of outscoring the other team will be much harder.
The Packers Play the Dallas Cowboys
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There is one way to beat the Packers. Stop Aaron Rodgers.
The team that can do that is the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys have 14 interceptions and 26 sacks on the season.
They also only give up 227.5 yards per game in the air.
If they meet up with the Packers at some point in the playoffs, there is a good chance that they are the ones who will end the Packers' streak.
The Packers Play the 49ers
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There is only one team that is better than the San Francisco 49ers.
That is the Green Bay Packers.
The 49ers matchup well against the Packers. They have a strong defense and a good running game.
With a little luck, Alex Smith will be able to tear some holes in the weak Packers passing defense.
If the two teams meet up in the playoffs, the Packers' run at the Super Bowl may just end.
Desmond Bishop Goes Down to Injury
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The heart and soul of the Packers' running defense is inside linebacker Desmond Bishop.
Desmond Bishop is No. 4 in the league in tackles.
If he goes down to injury, there would be serious problems.
The Packers already have an extremely weak passing defense. Throw in a weakened run defense, and there is good potential to lose some games.
The Packers Play the New Orleans Saints
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If the Packers play the New Orleans Saints in the playoffs, they will be in trouble.
The Saints pass for even more yards than the Packers do.
Add in the fact that the Packers have a porous passing defense, the Saints have a good chance at a victory.
No doubt, it will be a high scoring affair if these two teams meet.
When they played in Week 1, the Packers came out victorious. The same will not be true the second time around.
Jordy Nelson or Greg Jennings Get Hurt
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Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson are some of the best wide receivers in the game.
They play for the same team. They both have seven touchdown catches apiece.
If one of them were to go down to injury, it would be one less thing that the defenses would have to worry about. They could put their assets in other places.
If one of them were to go down, it would diminish the Packers' offensive capabilities. Since they get their wins from overpowering the defense, losing a key asset would make things a lot tougher.
Aaron Rodgers Gets Injured
Where would the Green Bay Packers be without Aaron Rodgers?
The Packers have the second-worst passing defense in the league, and without Aaron Rodgers to outscore the opponent, they would be lost.
The Packers don't have much of a running game that could save them if Rodgers goes down, either.
They could potentially deal with any other scenario, this one they couldn't recover from.