It's Packers Prediction Time
And Vikings Too
Time to put my money where my mouth is...Packers prediction time. And since Brett Favre has gone to the dark side, of course I have to make a Minnesota prediction and compare the two bitter NFC North rivals...
First, I'm not going to beat around the bush. I don't look at the world through green and gold glasses. I don't wave pom-pons for the team. And I don't wear a cheerleaders outfit like some around here. I'm paid to be an impartial observer....and right now I observe a team that should be very good. Good enough to go 10-6, maybe even 11-5. OK, I'll still with 10-6...but they will win the NFC North over the Vikes. Mark my words!
Normally I'd never say this after 2 preseason games, but this is a playoff caliber team. It all starts with Aaron Rodgers, and in 6 possessions by the first team offense, 5 drives have gone for touchdowns. Rodgers took it upon himself to not settle for field goals like last year...so going for the jugular in the red zone is a good sign.
Plus Mike McCarthy has been on the offense to score, because the thought was that the offense would have to be clicking to overcome the mistakes of the new 3-4 defense. And while the Packers would never publically say it, they have to think the defense under Dom Capers is way ahead of schedule, with 9 turnovers in the first 2 games, despite a number of injuries.
I also think Mason Crosby will make a couple of clutch, last second field goals to win a couple of close games that got away last year. And the Packers will go 10-6. Beating the Vikes twice and the Bears twice will be tough. Pittsburgh, Baltimore, the Cowboys and the last game at Arizona all concern me.
The Vikes? They always shoot themselves in the foot. Yes, they have Brett Favre and Adrian Peterson...but does anyone know if the Williamses will be around all year? They could easily get suspended. Brad Childress still calls incredibly conservative game plans...which you know will clash with number 4. I say 10-6, in the playoffs...but the Packers rise to the top of the North, with the Bears aging defense and Jay Cutler not having any legit receivers holding them down to 9-7.
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