As it should be, the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers come into the 2011 season as the top-rated team, at least according to an NFL.com panel.
Now, if you read this blog regularly, you know exactly what we think of preseason rankings, “expert” panels and opinions, and premature predictions.
The game has never been played on paper and it never will be.
That being said, we find this particular group prognostication interesting for one reason. Said group consists of nine members hired by the NFL to give their “expert” opinion for the league’s web site and TV network.
They were each asked to rank every NFL team from first to 32nd.
All nine of them chose the Packers first, despite all the hype surrounding the already-crowned paper Super Bowl champion [intlink id=”374″ type=”category”]Philadelphia Eagles[/intlink].
In fact, the New England Patriots finished second, capturing five second-place votes. The remaining four second-place votes were split between the [intlink id=”386″ type=”category”]Pittsburgh Steelers[/intlink] and [intlink id=”234″ type=”category”]New Orleans Saints[/intlink].
The Patriots were second in the overall rankings, followed by the Steelers, Saints and the [intlink id=”127″ type=”category”]Atlanta Falcons[/intlink] at No. 5. The Eagles were sixth.
Not that we’d disagree, but this says a lot about this particular poll. The second-highest ranking [intlink id=”527″ type=”category”]NFC North[/intlink] team is the [intlink id=”126″ type=”category”]Detroit Lions[/intlink] at No. 14, which I’m sure will send Chicago and, for no reason other than their inferiority complex, Minnesota fans into a rage.
Obviously, the rankings are based on potential.
Thankfully, the Green Bay Packers still have a shitload of it.
Of course they are. Best starting 22 in the league. It’s tough to win one Super Bowl, let alone repeat. Let’s just hope the injury bug doesn’t hit again. Go Pack!
I suppose we will find out come Thursday whether this is true or not. I’ll be honest and say i’m still deeply worried about the offensive line. MM says they will look like a completely new team on Thursday and i hope that is true. my prediction is a 20-17 win for the pack with the saints missing the game tying field goal. GO PACK GO!
One game does not a season make. I think the Packers proved that last year. After the Detroit loss, I was just about ready to write them off but then they go on to win it all. If the Pack loses to the Saints, it will not be the end of the world.
All that said, I expect more points than 20 to 17.
I never said one game would make their season. all I said was it would somewhat prove if they deserve to be ranked at number 1 at this point in time. And everyone is so quick to think this will be a match between rodgers and brees to see who will score more points. but to me its a chance for the defenses to shine and show they are top notch and can stop each others “elite offense.” that is why I think it will be a much lower score than people think.