Repeat in the making?

By Daniel Sigl
of Lombardiave.com

 Can the Packers repeat and win Super Bowl XLVI?

They certainly can.

 

Will Coach Mike McCarthy have what it takes to lead the Packers to a repeat championship? Raymond T. Rivard photograph

The media is not going to favor them too much, however, because the Packers are a small market team. The media may favor Chicago saying it just has to be their year, Brian Urlacher deserves a ring, etc. Or they may like Detroit to win the division, saying that it is impossible to run against them.

No matter what they say, the Packers have what it takes to win come February.

The first step in a successful repeat is keeping a majority of the starters. Having had so many injuries last season, it is almost difficult to define who the starters were, but players who played because of starters getting hurt now have experience and could possibly compete for the starting job.

On offense, three of the top four receivers are coming back – it is yet to be determined what will happen to James Jones. A lot of the success came because it is difficult for teams to cover all of the Packers’ receivers. For example, Jones could be a number one wideout on other teams. That being said, how does a team’s third best corner cover him? The Packers win that matchup 10 times out of 10.

Defense could be a little trickier, pending what happens in free agency to Nick Barnett and Cullen Jenkins. Either way, if they stay or go, the defense will still be great. There is this guy named Clay Matthews – apparently he is pretty good. Also, the secondary is phenomenal and can put opposing receivers and quarterbacks to shame.

Overall, the Packers definitely have what it takes to repeat. The media may disagree, but when are they right about anything?

Expect to see the Packers as a big contender for Super Bowl XLVI.

Fun fact: The Packers have always gone to the Super Bowl in back-to-back seasons (I and II, XXXI and XXXII)

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