NFL: One Reason To Doubt Success Of Every Contender

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NFL:  One Reason To Doubt Success Of Every Contender
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There isn't much more you can say in praising the Green Bay Packers.  The team has won 18 games in a row dating back to last season and is on its way to becoming just the third team to go undefeated in the regular season.

But just like the Patriots team that succumbed to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl, this team does have flaws.  Its defense is quite weak and its offensive line struggles at times.

The defense has given up 23 or more points in seven of its 13 games this season, and over 30 on three of those occasions.  The offense, though, has managed to pull the team through every time. 

While their offense is great, it's been helped from their opponent's defense, or lack thereof. 

Of the 16 games on their schedule, eight of them are against teams with pass defenses that rank 20th or worse.  The best rated pass defense they've taken on has actually come against the 2-10 St. Louis Rams.

What will happen if the Packers have to play against a great defense like Baltimore or Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl?  Could a team like San Francisco take them down?  Considering they don't give up a lot of points and run the ball effectively, you never know.

The Packers are undoubtedly a strong team, but considering they've won seven of their games by ten points or less, there's no guarantee they won't be the first team to go undefeated in a regular season but miss the Super Bowl. 

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