Better NFL offense: Lions or Packers?

Posted May 25, 2012 @ 12:50 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

We’re on to the semifinals of PFW’s “In the Trenches” bracket as teams continue to battle it out to be crowned the NFL’s best offense. The first semifinal matchup pits the Lions against the Packers. It’s up to you to decide which team advances, but here’s what the PFW staff has to say:

Executive editor Dan Arkush:
“The Lions have really narrowed the gap, but the Packers get the edge in my mind because of a deeper WR corps that is only going to get better, with Randall Cobb expected to be used more, and Tori Gurley, a good-looking youngster with excellent size, expected to gradually be worked into the mix. Both offenses are excellent at minimizing mistakes, but as was the case in their wild-and-wooly regular-season finale last season, the Packers have a few more weapons in an explosive offense that did not miss a beat with Matt Flynn under center in place of league MVP Aaron Rodgers.”

Associate editor Eli Kaberon:
“Maybe it's oversimplifying it, but the Packers beat the Lions 45-41 last season — with their MVP quarterback chilling on the sideline. Add in Aaron Rodgers, and Green Bay's offense is just too tough. Neither team runs the ball very effectively, so it comes down to the passing games, and there's no contest. Though Calvin Johnson is the best wide receiver in the game, the depth and versatility of the Packers' pass catchers is far superior to Detroit's, giving Green Bay the major edge.”

Managing editor Mike Holbrook:
“I give a slight nod at quarterback to Aaron Rodgers over Matthew Stafford with the receiving corps for both teams being a draw. Therefore, the Lions’ lack of a running game and a mediocre offensive line leave them behind the Packers. That said, I can't wait for the two games between the division rivals this season in the hopes of a reprise of their Week 17 shootout from last season.”

Associate editor Kevin Fishbain:
“Packers: With the best quarterback in the NFL at the helm and an impressive group of pass catchers, this one goes to Green Bay. They don’t have the rushing attack, but neither do the Lions. The Pack are strong on the interior of the offensive line, but really it’s Rodgers over Stafford that gives the Pack the slight nod.”

Associate editor Arthur Arkush:
“Detroit isn’t far off, and with another season like 2011, this decision could be even more difficult. Stafford and 'Megatron' are the best QB-WR combo in football right now, and the Detroit backfield, pass-catchers stable and offensive line are all comparable to Green Bay, but I need to see the Lions do it again before I put them at Green Bay’s level of offensive excellence. Matthew Stafford was brilliant running Scott Linehan’s offense last season, but Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy have been brilliant for the past four seasons.”

Associate editor Dan Parr:
“Packers. Both teams have great quarterbacks. I'll take Aaron Rodgers over Matthew Stafford, though. The Packers don't have a receiver of Calvin Johnson's caliber, but they more than make up for it with their depth at the position and have a better offensive line. Neither team is strong at running back, but Green Bay gets a slight edge there, too. The Packers are the pick.”


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