Green Bay Packers Could Face Bumps in the Road on Playoff Quest

By Tristen Challe
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When you talk about one of the top NFL franchises, the Green Bay Packers are sure to be in the conversation. The recent success over the years speaks for itself, and the Packers are a force to be reckoned with.

Entering the 2013 season, the Packers have high hopes of making the playoffs and returning the Lombardi Trophy to its rightful home in Green Bay. The coaching staff and players are excited about the possibilities of the 2013 season and ready to get underway.

While the outcome of the 2013 NFL season for the Packers appears favorable, the team could see a few bumps in the road on their quest to the Super Bowl.

It goes without saying that the Packers have one of the greatest quarterbacks in the game in Aaron Rodgers, and he will have another great output in 2013. The receiving corps took a small hit when wide receiver Greg Jennings went to the Minnesota Vikings and fan-favorite Donald Driver retired, but Rodgers still has top pass catching options in Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and James Jones.  The three weapons for Rodgers combined for 29 total touchdowns last season which accounted for 39 of Rodgers’ total touchdowns. This receiving corps will continue to be a major threat for opposing defenses keeping them on their heels all game long.

Green Bay decided Rodgers needed some relief on occasion and took Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin in the draft. The two running backs have different styles of play, but whichever emerges as the go-to back will give Rodgers some support.  Opposing defenses in the past have keyed on Rodgers due to the lack of running potential from the backs. The Packers are hoping the rookie running backs can keep the defenses honest and open up the passing game for Rodgers more so than in the past.

Offensive potential is undoubtedly high for the Packers, but the bumps in the road that were previously mentioned could come from a tough schedule. The good news is that they don’t have back to back road games, which proves to be huge in the NFL, but at the same time, this means tons of travel and only one instance of back to back home games.

Location of the regular season games could prove to be tough for the Packers, but the bigger issue is who those games are against. They have eight games against teams who were in the playoffs last season, including a Week 6 bout against the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. The NFC North division looks be tough in the upcoming season with all teams having a shot at making the playoffs. The Bye week comes in Week 4 for the Packers, which means they won’t get a break midway through the season to fix any issues they may come across.

The talent and coaching ability is there for the Packers to have a successful season, but the strength of schedule and constant traveling could negate the amount of talent the team possesses. The Packers are a heavy favorite to make the playoffs, but don’t be surprised if they struggle to get there this season.

Tristen Challe is a Fantasy Writer for Rantsports. Follow him on Twitter @TristenChalle or on Google

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