Okay, okay, okay. We get it. The Packers look good.
According to the plethora of NFL analysts, they’ve never looked better. The first team offense has destroyed its opponents like nobody’s business. The defense has held strong.
Here comes the hype.
Of about ten noted football analysts, six or more of them predicted Aaron Rodgers to be the league’s MVP.
Whoa, whoa, whoa.
I happen to think Aaron Rodgers is a fantastic quarterback. I even believe he can be considered among the NFL’s elite at the quarterback position.
But league MVP?
Hold on. What I said last year, and I’m saying again this year, is that the Packers needed to upgrade their running game. Yes, we all know the secondary was shredded in the playoffs last year. But the key to this team is the high-octane offense. What kept the Packers from truly being Super Bowl contenders was the one-dimensionality of the running game.
Ryan Grant is a very good running back. Downhill, one-cut, and slam the ball ahead. What I think the Pack should have done was look for a quick-cutting, slashing running back to keep the defense off-balance. They didn’t do it. It’s going to be a problem.
I believe the defense will tighten up, especially when Al Harris and Atari Bigby are back and completely healthy.
I believe Mike McCarthy is too pass-happy. Yes, Aaron Rodgers will put up HUGE numbers this season. But in the end, the running game will not hold up. The pressure on Rodgers will be too intense, for too long. He will either get injured, or defenses will realize there’s no need to defend against the run.
The Packers will have a good season, and go deep in the playoffs. But unless they add another dimension to the running game, the Super Bowl is not within reach.
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Written by Dan Ames