After a disappointing loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round in the playoffs, the focus for the Green Bay Packers is what problems they have and what needs to be done in the offseason. However, the Packers still had a good season finishing 11-5 and winning the NFC North. While there were players who underperformed, there was still many players who had excellent seasons, especially on the offensive side.
Without question the best player for the Packers this season on offense had to be quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Coming off an MVP season in 2011, Rodgers had an identical season in 2012. He finished second in the league in touchdown passes with 39 to just eight interceptions and a completion percentage of 67.2 percent. After a record-breaking season last year, most people under-appreciated what Rodgers did in 2012. He set the bar too high for everyone and if it wasn’t for the remarkable seasons by Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson coming off surgeries in the offseason, Rodgers might have been a two-time MVP.
The Packers are known for having a talented and explosive offense, but with no running game, the entire offense depends on the arm of Rodgers. He controls the game for the Packers and is very skilled at running the no-huddle offense to get Green Bay down the field quickly and get quick easy points. Also, Rodgers was sacked 51 times this season which was the most of any quarterback in the league. The offensive line is the clear weak point for the Packers and the fact that Rodgers is able to put up the numbers he does and is able to play every game this season shows just how great his performance was this season.
Runner-up for Packers offensive MVP this season has to go to James Jones. He had a breakout season for the Packers leading the league in touchdown receptions with 14 on 64 catches, both of which were career highs. With the absence of Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson for most of the season, Jones took advantage of his extra playing time. Jennings is a free agent this offseason and it looks all but certain that Jennings won’t be back with the team in 2013. With the performance Jones had this season it might be easier for the Packers to let Jennings go knowing they can easily replace him with Jones.
Green Bay may have had a disappointing loss in the playoffs that showed how many holes the team has. However, the Packers should be contenders for the Super Bowl almost every year with an offense that includes Aaron Rodgers and an emerging James Jones.
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