Jclombardi reviews Packers morning headlines.
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As the Packers get set to embark on a 2010 season with super expectations, the big question is, are they any better in the secondary? Reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Woodson and Pro Bowl safety Collins return. Outside of them, the Packers are as much of an unknown commodity. Cornerback Williams has 20 starts under his belt, but he enters a season as the starter.
Notes: Peprah will be the Green Bay Packers’ No. 3 safety Sunday when they open in Philadelphia. The Packers will be down to five cornerbacks Sunday because Underwood(shoulder) was ruled out. Listed as questionable were defensive end Neal (side) and linebacker Bishop (hamstring). Neither practiced Friday. Neal seemed optimistic about playing.
Packers vs Eagles Notes: 1. The Packers recent history in Philadelphia hasn’t been great. In fact, the Packers have lost nine consecutive games there. In reality, the Eagles are a team in flux as they transition from McNabb to Kolb at quarterback. Packers quarterback Rodgers is equipped to nullify the Eagles’ pressure defense. The Packers will have the better team at kickoff. 2. The Packers should find out whether their pass defense made any progress. They have made personnel moves among them moving Raji to nose tackle, inserting rookie safety Burnett into the starting lineup and shifting Pro Bowl linebacker Matthews to the other side of the line of scrimmage. But depth at cornerback remains an issue with Harris (knee) and Underwood (shoulder) sidelined by injury. Rookie Shields could be the Packers’ nickel back. We’ll find out if the Packers can handle it.
Everywhere they turn, the Packers are being told how great they are. Many national pundits picking them to win the Super Bowl.
QB Rodgers should not get beat up in Philadelphia opener like he did early last season when he was sacked 10 times in the first two games combined.
The Packers have become a trendy Super Bowl pick in the national media and some observers are getting tired of hearing it.