Green Bay Packers offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (69) celebrates with running back Eddie Lacy (27) after a touchdown. Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Packers are young, hungry and ready!!

DSC01754 (2) This years version of the Green Bay Packers will once again be in the thick of the playoff picture all season long, and has in my opinion, as much chance as any team in the NFC to reach the Super Bowl. However, there are some questions leading up to Thursdays game at Seattle. First, experience is lacking up and down the pass catching core, ie Jeff Janis, Devonte Adams, Jarrett Boykin, Ryan Taylor, Richard Rodgers, and the injured Brian Bostic, that’s six out of nine pass catchers with little to no experience in an NFL game playing tight end or receiver. All of a sudden in 19 short months the Packers went from a wealth of known talent and experience at pass catcher, to a very inexperienced group save for Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Andrew Quarless. On top of that rookie center Corey Linsley will be starting with an offensive line and quarterback he has never been on the field with except at practice, on the road against the defending Super Bowl Champions,  in the loudest outdoor venue in all of professional sports! The good news is Aaron Rodgers is healthy and the Packers have a nice foursome at running back/full back working behind what has turned out to be a tougher, stouter, more aggressive offensive line. Defensively is where the Packers could really make hay this season if they are blessed with decent health and good seasons from a lot of players. Last season on defense Green Bay had Mike Neal, Nick Perry, Clay Matthews, Casey Haywood and  Datone Jones miss significant time or played at less than full capacity for long stretches last season due to injury. That’s three recent first round picks and two second round picks coming back in full health, to help a defense that added a former second overall pick in Julius Peppers, and this years first rounder Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, to a defense that has another first round pick in A J  Hawk, plus Mike Daniels, Sam Shields, Tramon Williams, Micah Hyde, Morgan Burnette among others. This defense is too talented to not overcome and improve on their biggest nemesis last season (getting off the field on 3rd down). Expect several new wrinkles Thursday night from Dom Capers and Coach Mike McCarthy. This team is loaded, and the depth behind the players mentioned are solid football players as well. This team with it’s talented roster and ARod behind center, has as good a chance to reach the championship game as Seattle, San Francisco or New Orleans does.

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