What if I had told you… (Packers after 3 games)
After three games:
The Packers’ defense will have given up an average of 414 yards per game, while limiting teams to only 55 yards per game rushing.
The Packers would have twice as many rushing yards as their opponents.
Casey Matthews would have two more tackles (14) than Clay Matthews (12).
Clay Matthews wouldn’t have a real sack in three games, while going against such bigtime right tackles as Zach Strief, Byron Bell and Frank Omiyale.
Oh, and Jarret Bush would have 1/2 sack more than Matthews.
Mike Neal would not have played a game and former cut Jarius Wynn would the starting defensive end.
Opponent offenses would have one more first down than the high-powered Packers’ offense.
Opponent offenses would have 200 more passing yards than the Packers’ offense.
Tim Masthay would be near the bottom of the league with a 39.7 yard punting average.
Jamari Lattimore would have as many tackles (3) as Tramon Williams.
The Packers’ defense would be giving up an average of 25 points per game.
And then I told you:
The Packers would be 3-0 despite all of this.
You would have laughed. You might even have guffawed.
You would have said there was a better chance of Mason Crosby being a perfect five for five in field goals. Oh wait! That’s happened also! What’s going on here?
It’s quite simple. As I said on Cheeseheadradio before the season; they can have no running game, no pass rush, lousy special teams – it doesn’t matter. The Packers have the best quarterback in a quarterback-driven league and the best group of pass-catching receivers and tight ends in the league. They can score as much as is necessary to win any game against any opponent.
That doesn’t mean I expect the Packers to go undefeated, although I did predict (also on CheeseheadRadio) they would start out at 7-0. before going into their usual mid-season malaise.
Right now, I’m not even sure that will happen. If they can be at 3-0 despite everything listed above, the Packers should do even better than my season prediction of 12-4.
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.