After 3 weeks of the regular season, the Packers appear to be one of the best teams in the NFL. You can make a very convincing argument that the New England Patriots are the best team in the NFL and I would probably agree with you, but that does not negate what the Packers have done this season.
Led by Aaron Rodgers, the Packers look to have one of the most prolific offenses in the NFL. Even without Jordy Nelson, the Packers seem to be able to score at will. While it is imperative that Aaron Rodgers stays healthy, the bigger concern on the offensive side of the ball, to me at least, is Randall Cobb. After escaping a serious injury late in the preseason, Cobb has been one of Rodgers' favorite targets through 3 weeks of the regular season. If he succumbs to an injury, Rodgers will need to work even more magic.
But that isn't the achilles heel of this team. No matter who they put out there on offense, the Packers will still have Aaron Rodgers.
However, similar to the Patriots, the Packers have an extremely weak secondary. Admittedly, I have not watched a lot of Green Bay this season. Nevertheless, when the Packers battled Kansas City on Monday Night Football this week, even when in control for most of the game, they continuously let up significant pass completions to completely wide open receivers.
If the Packers gave up 290 passing yards to Alex Smith, how many will they give up against Tom Brady or Peyton Manning?
The Packers run defense, led by Clay Matthews, will be good enough to get them into the postseason with ease. But, just like the Patriots, it will be whole different story when they have to go up against good quarterbacks that can option at the line of scrimmage and exploit a, up until now, weak secondary.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS