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Are you ready for another Super Bowl?
You certainly can't be blamed for thinking seriously about the possibility of back-to-back Lombardi Trophies following a scintillating season opener against the Saints that couldn't have been more encouraging for Packers fans.
Forget the the subpar play of Green Bay's usually stellar secondary and all those return yards Darren Sproles accumulated for the Saints.
Green Bay's offense ruled the night, looking more dangerous than ever with RB Ryan Grant and TE Jermichael Finley healthy again, 36-year-old WR Donald Driver looking more like a 26-year-old, WR Jordy Nelson picking right up where he left off in last year's Super Bowl, and this Randall Cobb kid providing delicious icing on the cake.
And oh, yeah, QB Aaron Rodgers looking like a lock for 2011 MVP honors.
Could the Packers have looked any better bursting out of the 2011 chute in an absolutely picture-perfect first quarter last Thursday evening? I think not.
Was it an impressive enough performance to make me regret my prediction for Pro Football Weekly that the Packers would be replaced as Super Bowl champions by the Falcons, who delivered a jaw-dropping Week One clunker in Chicago?
Absolutely — until I saw Tom Brady and the Patriots look just as good as the Packers in their Monday-night dismantling of the Dolphins in Miami.
So much for A-Rod being an MVP lock. As awesome as he was against the Saints, Brady might have been better against the Dolphins. His 517-yard, four-TD performance, throwing to five different receivers for at least 46 yards each, looked almost effortless.
One week does not a season make, not by any means. But the prospect of a Rodgers-Brady Super showdown quickly occurred to me after watching Brady's Monday-night magic show.
Tell me that wouldn't be something!
But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Next up for the Packers is a trip to Carolina to take on this year's top draft pick, Cam Newton, who wasted no time becoming the undisputed face of the Panthers' franchise with a record-breaking opening-week performance in a Week One loss in Arizona.
Can Cam burst the Pack's balloon? He certainly does seem to have that all-important "it" factor.
But with the Panthers losing their best defender in MLB Jon Beason for the rest of the season with a Week One ankle injury, a well-rested Green Bay offense figures to be rocking and rolling all afternoon.
Something tells me another very positive rant will be coming your way a week from now.