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First the bad news: The Packers have yet to play like the Super Bowl team PFW predicted it would be before the season started.
But here's the not-so-bad news: Neither has any other team in the NFL. Amazingly, the Chiefs, a team that was an AFC West doormat last season, are the only undefeated team at the quarter pole. But a closer look at their undeniably impressive start suggests that they remain far from being a world beater.
Yes, K.C. is 3-0 and looks dramatically improved. But, in order, they have beaten a San Diego team that has developed a knack for always starting slow, a Cleveland team that is one of the worst in the league and a 49ers team that apparently was greatly overrated after an impressive preseason that couldn't have been more deceiving.
Which brings us back to the Pack. Certainly in the NFC, their prospects of landing in Cowboys Stadium in early February are as good as any other team in the conference. But after barely escaping a loss to a Lions team that hasn't won at Lambeau Field in what seems like an eternity, it would appear that they have some serious issues.
Green Bay's offense can still be explosive, but it has yet to establish the consistent rhythm that was so apparent last season. Aaron Rodgers has displayed flashes of brilliance, as was expected. But the fact he already has thrown five interceptions after registering only seven in 2009 is cause for real concern.
As for Dom Capers' defense, it has been a shell of the unit that was so good more often than not in '09, especially against the run. Injuries aren't helping matters. The secondary is going to miss SS Morgan Burnett, who went down for the count against the Lions with a torn ACL, more than just a little. And the shoulder injury that is currently hindering LB Brandon Chillar really hurts the flexibility that is such a key ingredient in Capers' defense.
The special teams? After looking a lot better than last year the first two games, they have regressed big-time the past two games.
It's easy to forget that the '09 Packers were a.500 team at the halfway point last season before catching fire the second half. But revisionist history doesn't cut it right now. Clearly, the time couldn't be more right for a dominant performance against Donovan McNabb and the Redskins that could maybe get the Pack back on a legitimate Super Bowl track.