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Scouting the Schedule: Packers

Posted by Albert Breer  July 26, 2010 01:31 PM

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Will the offensive line start another season slow? Can the special teams become adequate?
 
This needs to happen to win big: Defend the pass better. The Packers got torched last year against playoff-caliber teams and quarterbacks. If they don't improve -- a better pass rush would help -- they'll be another early exit from the playoffs.
 
Where they stack up: There's no reason why this Packers team shouldn't take another step and be a Super Bowl contender. If the offensive line holds, they should have one of the top offenses in the league with TE Jermichael Finley poised to be the league's best at the position. And if Dom Capers can tinker a little bit in his second season, and if the special teams can even be mediocre, the Packers should go head-to-head with the Vikings for the NFC North title. The Packers must go 6-0, 5-1 against a softy early schedule.

SCOUTING THE SCHEDULE SERIES
July 14: Bengals
July 15: Jets
July 16: Bills
July 17: Ravens
July 18: Chargers

July 19: Vikings
July 20: Browns
July 21: Steelers
July 22: Colts
July 23
: Lions
July 24: Bears
Today: Packers
Tomorrow: Dolphins
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