NFC North preview: Sizing up Green Bay

  • Updated: September 12, 2012 - 11:30 AM

SIZING UP GREEN BAY

2011 record: 15-2, lost to Giants 37-20 in the NFC Divisional playoff round.

Key addition: Outside linebacker Nick Perry.

The rookie first-round draft pick is making the adjustment from end at Southern Cal to outside linebacker in the Packers' 3-4 defense. It will take some time, but Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers said he believes Perry is perfect for what has been an integral missing part on the opposite side of Clay Matthews.

Key loss: Safety Nick Collins.

A neck injury ended the career of the Packers' third-best defender.

Key number: 6. Consecutive picks the Packers used on defensive players at the top of this year's draft.

Outlook: Not many 15-win teams have something to prove, but the Packers do. Of the five teams that have gone 15-1 in NFL history, only the 2011 Packers failed to at least make it to the conference title game. The offense will be outstanding again, but it simply can't be counted on to carry the entire team during the playoffs. Reigning league MVP Aaron Rodgers had an NFL-record 122.5 passer rating and was putting up a league-best 35 points a game when the offense had an off-day against the Giants. That, coupled with a defense that set NFL records for most yards allowed (6,585) and passing yards allowed (4,796) ended Green Bay's season. Packers General Manager Ted Thompson responded by adding young speed and athleticism on defense. Thompson typically avoids trading up to get players, but after that Giants debacle, he traded four picks to move up three times for defensive players. The Packers should win the division.

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Atlanta - LP: A. Wood 0 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: A. Bastardo 1
Cleveland 5 Top 7th Inning
Detroit 6
Toronto - LP: R. Dickey 0 FINAL
Minnesota - WP: K. Gibson 7
Seattle 6 Top 5th Inning
Texas 6
Los Angeles 0 Top 2nd Inning
San Francisco 0
Colorado - F. Morales 5:40 PM
San Diego - I. Kennedy
St. Louis - A. Wainwright 6:05 PM
Washington - T. Jordan
Milwaukee - Y. Gallardo 6:05 PM
Pittsburgh - E. Volquez
NY Yankees - C. Sabathia 6:10 PM
Tampa Bay - D. Price
Toronto - D. McGowan 6:10 PM
Minnesota - M. Pelfrey
Boston - J. Lester 7:10 PM
Chicago WSox - C. Sale
Kansas City - J. Shields 7:10 PM
Houston - S. Feldman
Philadelphia 6:00 PM
NY Rangers
Chicago 7:00 PM
St. Louis
Minnesota 8:30 PM
Colorado
Los Angeles 9:30 PM
San Jose
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2013 preseason     
Aug 9 - vs. Houston 7 pmX27-13
Aug 16 - at Buffalo 6 pmX20-16
Aug 25 - at San Francisco 7 pmX34-14
Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee 7 pmX24-23
2013 regular season     
Sep 8 - at Detroit NoonX34-24
Sep 15 - at Chicago NoonX31-30
Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland NoonX31-27
Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London) NoonX34-27
Oct 6 - Bye
Oct 13 - vs. Carolina NoonX35-10
Oct 21 - at. NY Giants 7:40 pmX23-7
Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay 7:30 pmX44-31
Nov 3 - at Dallas NoonX27-23
Nov 7 - vs. Washington 7:25 pmX34-27
Nov 17 - at Seattle 3:25 pmX41-20
Nov. 24 - at Green Bay Noon26-26
Dec 1 - vs. Chicago NoonX23-20
Dec 8 - at Baltimore NoonX29-26
Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia NoonX48-30
Dec 22 - at Cincinnati NoonX42-14
Dec 29 - vs. Detroit NoonX14-13

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