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Gene Wang
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Gene Wang

A sports staff writer at The Washington Post

Pack Is Sacked


After a tumultuous summer in which they parted ways with future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre, the Green Bay Packers were a nice story at the start of the season. First-year starter Aaron Rodgers won his first two games, and Green Bay looked poised to continue its solid play that resulted in an 13-3 record in 2007.

Those good feelings are a distant memory now, as the Packers' playoff chances were all but extinguished Sunday in a 35-31 loss to Carolina. Green Bay (5-7) fell two games behind Minnesota in the NFC North, and the Packers are highly unlikely to be able to make the postseason as a wild card.

Packers fans should be optimistic about the offense for next season though. Rodgers has acquitted himself quite well, with 2,897 yards, 20 touchdowns and a passer rating of 92.1, and Greg Jennings has emerged as an elite No. 1 wide receiver. The running game is back in gear too with a healthy Ryan Grant.

Green Bay's pass defense has been outstanding, with cornerbacks Charles Woodson and Al Harris among the best tandems in the league. They excel at one-on-one coverage and rarely demand safety help.

That's why the Packers' lack of a run defense is so puzzling. The Packers can afford to bring a safety up to help stop the run, yet they yield nearly 142 yards per game, 27th in the league.

If Green Bay addresses that glaring weakness, the Packers ought to be in the mix for the division title next season, if not a Super Bowl contender.

By Gene Wang  |  December 2, 2008; 12:35 PM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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What in the world happened to the thursday fantasy football chats. They were the highlight of the week and criticial to my success

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