How Good Are The 2014 Green Bay Packers? posted by Packers Fan
The Green Bay Packers were 8-7-1 last year, figuring in the latest tied game and only the 19th time since 1974. They won the NFC North despite their quarterback Aaron Rodgers sidelined in the first half of the year. This season, the Packers are expected to contend anew for the Super Bowl.
Rodgers had led the Packers to a good start last year with a 5-2 record. But he broke his collarbone in a game against the Bears. He was out for weeks and returned to beat Chicago in a rematch. Yet he was not a 100 percent and failed to help the Packers in preventing a loss to the 49ers.
This year, Packers fans hope that Rodgers would be back to 100%. The front office surprisingly failed to re-sign Evan Dietrich-Smith even with Rodgers’ pleas. It remains to be seen whether rookie Corey Linsley will be able to fill in Smith’s shoes, but all signs point he won’t be enough.
The offense will get a boost with the return of Bryan Bulaga who tore his ACL last year. He’ll be the right tackle across sophomore David Bakhtiari, who performed creditably in his rookie season. Bakhtiari surrendered eight sacks last year, but four came in the first month of the season.
The big news for the Packers in the off-season was the acquisition of Julius Peppers from Chicago. But there will be questions on how Peppers will perform this year, as he is now 34 and is slowing down.
The Packers also picked Ha Ha Clinton-Dix with the number 21 pick. Dix =is expected to start next to talented safety Morgan Burnett. They will also benefit from the return of Casey Hayward who missed all but three games last season.Continue reading "How Good Are The 2014 Green Bay Packers?"