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5 Signs That the Green Bay Packers Will Make the Playoffs in 2014

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With a ton of injuries to important players, and some major underachievers, the Green Bay Packers still won the NFC North. They have made significant improvements in the 2014 offseason. Here are five reasons for why the Packers will make the playoffs this year.

5. 2014's Rookies Look Good in Preseason

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5. 2014's Rookies Look Good in Preseason

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Ha Ha Clinton Dix has made tackles, a sack and has performed in pass coverage. He is a great depth player for the Packers at safety. Khyri Thornton has been quiet but coaches have faith in him as a backup defensive lineman. Receivers Davante Adams and Jeff Janis have also left positive impressions. Whether they start or play as backups, these players will positively impact the season.

4. The Pass Rush Has Improved

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4. The Pass Rush Has Improved

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Clay Matthews is back and healthy. The defensive line is composed of primarily fast, young players. Julius Peppers was signed several months ago and gradually appears to be getting into a groove. With the play of linemen like Josh Boyd and the surprise three-sack performance by Jayrone Elliott, there is plenty of promise for the Packers' pass rush this year.

3. The Run Game Keeps Getting Better

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3. The Run Game Keeps Getting Better

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The two primary running backs in the lineup had breakout years in 2013. Eddie Lacy won offensive rookie of the year, and James Starks was great at backup, having a career year. Despite the loss of Johnathan Franklin earlier in the offseason, Dujuan Harris, Michael Hill and Rajion Neal have all shown that they have potential to produce in the league. Now it just depends which of them makes the final roster.

2. The Defensive Backs Have Improved Significantly

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2. The Defensive Backs Have Improved Significantly

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The Packers had a very rough year in terms of pass defense in 2013. MD Jennings looked terrible at free safety, and while the cornerbacks played much better, the Jennings and Morgan Burnett failed to make an interception all year. With Micah Hyde moved to safety, and Ha Ha Clinton Dix backing him up, pass defense and run stopping among DBs has improved.

1. They Have An Elite Passing Game

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1. The Have An Elite Passing Game

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In fact it may be the best passing offense in the league. Aaron Rodgers may be the best field general in the game. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are both top-20 wide receivers, and Jarrett Boykin gets better every time his feet hit the field. Brandon Bostick, Andrew Quarless and Richard Rodgers are all good catching tight ends. Finally, running backs have been catching plenty of passes in the preseason. This will be a great season.

Chris Langton is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. He also contributes to the MMA page.  Follow him on Twitter @Langtron57, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.