Why Packers Fans' 2012 Expectations Should Be Super Bowl or Bust
Green Bay Packers fans should go into the 2012-13 season with the highest expectations possible.
This group has all the necessary components to win the franchise's fifth Super Bowl and 14th championship.
This squad will underachieve unless they bring another title to Lambeau Field.
Here are the five reasons why Packer fans should go all-in on this season.
1. Aaron Rodgers
He has no weaknesses. He throws the ball accurately and has an excellent arm. He is calm in the pocket and does not rush his throws. He can throw on the run and make plays with his legs. Lastly, he throws a lot of touchdowns and very few interceptions.
He tore through the league last season with 45 touchdowns, just six interceptions and a record passer rating of 122.5. He is just 28 years old, still in the middle of his prime.
If the Packers get to the Super Bowl this season, it will be on Rodgers' back.
2. A Dominant Pass Rush
The Green Bay Packers' pass rush will once again be dominant up front with the additions of Nick Perry and Jerel Worthy.
The Packers finished 27th in the NFL last season with 29 sacks but were second in the league in 2010 with 47 sacks.
The defensive line was extremely disappointing last season, and Clay Matthews received no help. Perry will form a destructive duo with Matthews, and Worthy will add size and athleticism up front.
The Packers' front seven will be significantly better in 2012-13 than it was last season. With a nasty pass rush, the team will be able to play aggressively on both sides of the ball, and this will be a big factor in the team's championship run.
3. A Resurgent Secondary
The Green Bay Packers allowed an NFL-record 4,796 passing yards last season, but the secondary will not be as bad this year.
In 2010, the team had the fifth-best passing defense in the league. This season, expect the defensive backs to post average statistics.
The unit is not great, especially with Nick Collins gone, but it is not terrible either. Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams form one of the best cornerback tandems in the league, and Morgan Burnett is turning into a solid player.
The secondary did grad a league-best 31 interceptions this past season, so it wasn't all bad. With an improved pass rush, the group will put up solid statistics this season, and that will help on the way to the Super Bowl.
4. Young Talent
Ted Thompson is always adding young talent to the Green Bay Packers' roster, and there will be a handful of fresh faces who step up and play important roles for the team this season.
Jordy Nelson emerged last season as a breakout player, and Randall Cobb, another young receiver, looks poised to explode this year.
On defense, Nick Perry and Jerel Worthy were already mentioned, and they have the talent to make an instant impact. They will both have a chance to start in Week 1 due to lack of depth at their respective positions.
The Packers are loaded with emerging players who have huge upsides. A few of these guys will live up to their potential and have fantastic seasons in order to help the established veterans win a championship.
5. Championship Experience
The core group of this team knows what they must do to win a championship.
Sure, players like Nick Collins and Cullen Jenkins are no longer with the team, but leaders on both sides of the ball from the 2010 roster still have G's on the sides of their helmets.
This team is led by savvy veterans who have been in the trenches during heated playoff battles.
This entire organization is built to win championships and looks to earn the name Titletown, USA every single season. There is no doubt that the coaches and players will be mentally ready to win the Super Bowl.