If the Packers are to repeat as NFC North champions, their success will rely on Aaron Rodgers. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Will it be a third NFC North title for the Green Bay Packers?

The Green Bay Packers have won two straight NFC North titles because, number one, they had Aaron Rodgers under center; and number two, they had Aaron Rodgers under center.

But they also had some pretty good players across the board and they were deep. With injuries that in most cases would have been catastrophic, the Packers draft and develop philosophy worked well. The next man up mantra so frequently uttered in Green Bay was put into practice the past two seasons and will most likely come to the forefront once again in 2013.

And because of that, at least one website, sidelionreport, our sister fansided.com site that covers the Detroit Lions, feels the Packers will be the best team once again in the North and have the best chance of repeating as champions.

, the author of the ranking post, had this to say about the Packers:

They might not have the most talented roster overall in the NFC North, I think that title goes to the Lions and Vikings, but they are the best coached team and have the best players at the right positions and develop their young players quickly. Much like the New England Patriots, the Packers are a model for the “next man up” philosophy when losing a player via free agency or injury.

But that’s not the only reason Shackelford feels the Packers will win. He thinks that what the Packers have done during the offseason has been enough to bring another title to Titletown. Here’s more of what he had to say:

“… the Packers excel in retooling their roster through the draft. This season was no different as they added a top 10 talent in defensive end Datone Jones with the 26th pick in the draft, and arguably the best running back in the class in Eddie Lacy in the second round 61st overall, a steal to say the  least.

As the site that focuses on the Packers, we have to agree with Snyder, but couch his confidence in a dose of reality. The difficulty in winning three straight division titles is obvious, especially when the other three teams have taken significant steps toward improvement. As always, division titles come down to beating the division rival across the line of scrimmage.

Will the Packers be up to the task in 2013? It’s good to see that at least one rival website thinks so highly of the Packers, but it will come down to the Packers executing on the field and that will start in September when they open the season at San Francisco.

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