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These Packers Are Just Like the 2010 Packers!

Super Bowl XLV ring

You know, that last Green Bay Packers team to win a Super Bowl.

There are some similarities between this year’s Green Bay Packers and the 2010 Green Bay Packers.

Both teams did the following:

  • Finished 10-6
  • Were second in the NFC North
  • Were 3-3 in their final six games
  • Failed to produce a 1,000-yard rusher

And that’s about where the similarities end, with the exception of the players and coaches who were a part of both teams.

The 2010 Packers actually looked much better than their record. That team finished ninth in total offense and 10th in scoring offense, with 24.2 points per game. They finished fifth in total defense and second in scoring defense, giving up just 15 a game.

The 2010 Packers also won their last two regular season games, while this team dropped their last two.

As you’ve probably witnessed, the 2015 Packers don’t look as good as their record. They were 23rd in total offense and 15th in scoring offense (23 per game). The defense ranked 15th overall and 12th in scoring (20.2 per game).

As you can see, the 2010 unit was markedly better on both offense and defense.

Another big difference is the way Aaron Rodgers was playing.

On the surface, there’s not a huge difference between those two quarterbacks…

2010: 3,922 yards, 28 TDs, 11 INTs
2015: 3,821 yards, 31 TDs, 8 INTs

But if you get down into the real nitty gritty, you see the difference…

2010: 8.3 yards per attempt, 65.7 completion percentage, 101.2 QB rating
2015: 6.7 yards per attempt, 60.7 completion percentage, 92.7 QB rating

Rodgers was insanely accurate during that Super Bowl run. He hasn’t been accurate at all this year.

Plus, even though that 2010 team wasn’t stocked with playmakers — Greg Jennings (1,265) was the only receiver over 1,000 yards — that team had guys playing well at the right time.

You’ll remember that’s when James Starks burst on the scene.

Plus, the defense was creating turnovers on a weekly basis.

If these Packers are going to make a run, they’ll need guys who haven’t played particularly well all season to step up. They’re also going to need improved play from their defense, especially in the turnover department.

While those things are certainly possible, based on what we’ve seen for 16 weeks, we wouldn’t call them probable.

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19 Comments

  1. Justin T January 6, 2016

    Just need to come up with creative game plan for the offense. More then just slapping Cobb in the backfield. Put Janis on some wr screens. Let him be Desean Jackson for a game n run a few fly routes. Even if hes out there as a decoy wont hurt. Cant believe Abberdaris didn’t play a snap last week. Need to utilize the guys who flashed potential

  2. Big Gay Clay January 6, 2016

    No comparison here

  3. jtmax January 6, 2016

    Very similar actually which gives me hope. We still have the same best players on offense (AR) and defense (CM3). Both teams were very talented but underperformed during regular season. Main guy who can turn this whole thing around is Rodgers. Defense is playing well. Cobb and Abby can get open. Jones and Rodgers are beasts with strong hands and can catch well placed ball without getting open. Stark and Lacy are always open out of back field because nobody covers them. Rodgers has the ability to be accurate and release quickly. If he does that then we can get back to scoring 30 points a game and start winning. It’s all on Rodgers. The other guys have always been inconsistent but if Rodgers is on, he can overcome all that. If Shields comes back, our defense can shut down Washington. Shields can run with Jackson one on one. Safety can help on TE. Our defense is getting better every week.

  4. Cuban January 6, 2016

    I really hope that the packers have been saving abbrederis and janis for the postseason so they can try to catch a few people off guard, but im being insanely optimistic in that thinking

    1. billabong January 6, 2016

      Big Mike says, “hahahahaha, playing abbrederis and janis”…

  5. David January 6, 2016

    Time for Crockett to burst onto the scene. I’ve had enough of Lacy.

    PS. Where was God’s Gifts last game? Wasn’t he supposed to be the savior of the running game… he had 31% of the snap counts and it might as well as been 0.

  6. Crash January 6, 2016

    Speaking of Rodgers’ accuracy this year, am I the only one who remembers earlier in the season when the announcers during one of the early season games was talking about how Rodgers had been practicing throwing without his feet set and often even sometimes not on the ground?

    I remember thinking at the time that that sounded like a terrible idea that would never work. But, I figured if anybody could do it, it would be Rodgers.

    Not saying it’s the sole cause of some of these inaccurate throws, but I bet if you went back and watched some of his throws from 2010-2011 and compared them to recent, you’d see he may have been throwing from a different platform.

    1. PF4L January 7, 2016

      Rodgers isn’t accurate because he has no faith in the line, or the receivers outside of Jones. He is very nervous in the pocket and rightfully so, footwork is horrible, he lost confidence from getting beatdowns most of the season, his head isn’t right. Also, his body can’t be healthy from taking all those shots. It is what it is.

      I come to this opinion because this guy was a machine most of his career, he didn’t all of a sudden, forget how to play.

      1. icebowl January 7, 2016

        Good points

      2. icebowl January 7, 2016

        it all seems to point to a terrible O-line and bad play calling ….

      3. Deepsky January 7, 2016

        I think something is different in his throwing. In the last game, I noticed he seemed to throw with his body rather than just his arm. Looks at some of previous years’ long throws. He has a smooth mostly arm movement. Now his long passes he’s pushing his shoulder into it. I think something is wrong with his throwing shoulder.

  7. Howard January 6, 2016

    My recollection is the 2010 Packer receivers had quite a few dropped passes just like the current group. The Pack could have won by larger margins in the 2010 playoffs without those drops. This year the drops usually mean not sustaining drives, and losing games, not the difference in the final margin of victory for the Pack. Hold on to the damn ball when it is in or hits your hands. The 2015 offense has no room for errors or penalties of any type. There are no fast twitch offensive playmakers on the field, except maybe Cobb to make up for mistakes, and he is one of the culprits dropping the ball.

  8. Packers January 6, 2016

    No one going to mention that 2 of those 3 losses were when Rodgers got concussed
    ….

  9. K January 6, 2016

    just stop dreaming… this team is just plain bad. they are going to get killed by washington and we can all start hoping for a turnaround next season.

  10. Cliff January 7, 2016

    Unless they have been saving #84 and #83 for a total surprise sneak attack in the playoffs we are dealing with the same old game plan from McCarthy and it will rely on luck to get us through. McCarthy is just a non-creative play caller with no balls and he always will be.

    1. Achilles January 7, 2016

      So I guess all the years of success were a fluke, and easily forgotten now, the eve of another playoff game?
      Ridiculous.

  11. Deepsky January 7, 2016

    The only hope I have is if the Packers purposely have played poorly to get teams out of the 2 deep shell, which stopped the Packers in the playoffs for several years now. They’ve pretty much done that. In the playoffs they won’t see a 2 deep shell. So now that teams have committed to single high safety, Rodgers will hit them with long passes?

    I’ve always thought that McCarthy saved things for the playoffs, especially players who might make a difference. Like Abbrederis and Janis.

  12. anthony January 7, 2016

    ahhh, reminiscing on the glory days. it would be nice to see another superbowl this year, but i highly doubt that’ll happen. the packers finessed their way into the playoffs and they wont get far.

  13. Kato January 8, 2016

    Coaches always save stuff for the playoffs. Not just McCarthy. The hope that there is some magic genie lamp for the playoffs is laughable. These teams in the playoffs are too good for gimmicks. If the players are getting beat one on one, then that’s what it is.

    And can we stop with comparing every single packers team to 2010? It’s getting super annoying