Green Bay Packers Countdown to Kickoff
GREEN BAY, WI –The 2014 season is just two days away! Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers will be heading to Seattle to face off against the Super Bowl defending Seahawks. Coming off of a pre-season where the Packers finished 3-1 and looked impressive in the first-team aspect of the game, there is a lot of hope in Titletown.
Aaron Rodgers had an impressive display in his two games, going a combined 20-33 for 267 yards and three touchdowns. His level of play has never been the Packers’ problem, however, it’s been whether or not they can keep their top players on the field. Rodgers & Clay Matthews missed a lot of time last year due to injury, and that will be the key as both are the primary play makers on their respective sides of the ball.
Elsewhere on the Packers offensive attack includes play makers Eddie Lacy, Randall Cobb, and Jordy Nelson. Lacy had a great rookie campaign, rushing for over 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns. Jordy Nelson was on pace to have an explosive season until Rodgers went down and his numbers dipped, and Randall Cobb missed ten games with a broken leg. It will all come down to whether or not the Packers can stay healthy offensively.
Defensively, it’s the same story. Clay Matthews broke his thumb last season, Johnny Jolly (who isn’t signed) had a severe neck injury, and the rest of the Packers’ linebacking corps was decimated by injury. The Packers need a plethora of linebackers for defensive coordinator Dom Capers’ scheme to work. That, plus the fact that the safety position failed to record even one interception in 2013 (the only team who failed to do so), will be the Packers’ biggest concerns in 2014.
Be sure to tune in to 98.3 WRUP this THURSDAY for all of your Green Bay Packers coverage. Pre-game will begin at 6:30pm and continue through the game and up until three hours after the game! Kick-off is scheduled for 8:30pm. Bring in the new NFL year with us here at 98.3 WRUP, your official Packers source in Marquette County.
-Carl Leander Johnson