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Jon DeNunzio
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Jon DeNunzio

A Sports Editor and lead blogger for Playback.

Maybe Ted Thompson Knows Something


As the Packers lost the summer's PR battle -- and their Hall of Fame quarterback -- a lot of people found it easy to rip Green Bay General Manager Ted Thompson. Says here that Thompson's move might just be validated in February, with a Packers ... gulp... Super Bowl win.

No, it's not the most probable outcome. But if you throw out the power teams -- New England, Indianapolis and Dallas -- Green Bay's case is as good as anyone's. Consider:

- The Packers' defense was one of the league's best last year. It should be again.

- The offense that surrounds new QB Aaron Rodgers also rivals any team's outside of Foxborough. In other words, Rodgers does not have to be Brett Favre to make this offense go (and if he's *not* Favre in some ways, that actually might help).

- The Packers play in the NFC, which is still the lesser conference. So getting home-field advantage for the playoffs, winning a couple in icy Lambeau and making it to Supe XLIII is utterly conceivable.

It'll be a great story: The team that was so close to being NFC champion in 2007 dumps its NFL legend QB and is even better in 2008. You read it here first ...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  September 1, 2008; 9:56 PM ET  | Category:  Emil Steiner , Green Bay Packers , Super Bowl Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I definitely have to agree with you. The Cowboys play in a division, excluding the Redskins (sorry locals) that will continue to beat each other up throughout the season. Giants, Cowboys and even the Eagles will not escape division play injury-free and a loss in Dalls of either TO or Romo cripples that team.

Farve was (and wow, how soon they forget and move on in that town) a fan favorite but now the TEAM appears more driven and more rallied around a purpose, versus a player, then ever.

Watching the energy of that team on Monday night and seeing the lack of challenges within their division...Chicago's win was a flash in the pan; Minnesota passing game is worse then San Fran's; and Detroit has talent on O but a weak coordinator and a defense more pourous then a kitchen strainer...Green Bay is clear for the playoffs and in my mind, only one challenging game away from the Super Bowl.

Posted by: Mokey | September 11, 2008 3:34 PM

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