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NFL Lines - Can The Packers Repeat?

Posted by Marcello Messina on 7/7/2011 8:38:33 AM

It’s no secret that the Green Bay Packers won the first two NFL lines Super Bowls ever in 1967 and ‘68.

Can the Pack now become the first team in NFL lines history to win back-to-back Super Bowls on two separate occasions?
 
NFL Lines
2010-11 Season
Green Bay Packers vs. NFL: 10-6
Green Bay Packers vs. NFC North: 4-2
 
NorthBet Numbers: Green Bay Packers were 9-7 ATS last season.

Several aspects of the Packers from the 2010-2011 NFL Lines season indicate that the team could be in for another stellar season.

To start, the return of starting running back Ryan Grant will be huge for a Packers backfield that was decimated by injuries. In 2009 – the season before he was injured – Grant had a very formidable season, rushing for 1,253 yards (third in the NFC), 11 touchdowns (second in the NFC), as well as averaging 4.4 yards per carry.

Unfortunately, the 28-year-old suffered a left ankle injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the 2010 season. However, in Grant’s absence, Green Bay found another star back in sophomore James Starks who should only add to the Packers’ potent offense.

The biggest reason for the Packers success last NFL lines season was their excellent defense. Their stout defense will once again be led by cornerback Charles Woodson and left outside linebacker Clay Matthews.

Matthews was drafted 26th overall in the 2009 NFL Lines Draft and started his career off with a bang. He instantly started to impress, scoring his first professional touchdown in style by stripping the ball from Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson and running it all the way back.

As a result, he was selected to the Pro Bowl in his first NFL lines season, becoming the first Packer rookie to play his way onto the Pro Bowl roster since James Lofton in 1978. Last year, Matthews was again selected to the Pro Bowl, and finished second to only Troy Polamalu in NFL Lines Defensive Player of the Year voting.

Cornerback Charles Woodson also had a solid 2010 NFL Lines season. After recording 2 interceptions and forcing 5 fumbles, he was named to his seventh Pro Bowl.

Both Woodson and Matthews have the size, skill, character and leadership needed to lead the Packers to another deep payoff run this year. They evidently contributed immensely to a Packers defense that finished second in both sacks and interceptions last season.

In terms of their receiving corps, Green Bay should be regenerated this NFL lines season - last year, the Pack was plagued by injuries.

Key receivers in Jermichael Finley, Donald Lee and Andrew Quarless all suffered season-ending injuries during the year. As well, Donald Driver finally showed his age (36 to be exact), totaling less than 600 yards.

However, Super Bowl MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers still managed to throw for 4124 yards, helping his team attain the league’s 5th-best passing offense.

Messina Mention: Under the dominance of head coach Mike McCarthy, the Green Bay Packers’ threatening offense and concrete defense should once again make it deep into the NFL lines postseason.

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