With the preseason over the Packers can now look ahead to their week 1 matchup with the San Francisco 49ers. Here are a few key things to look out for both this week, and the rest of the season.
Harrell has big night- Backup quarterback Graham Harrell finally came through with the strong preseason performance the Green Bay Packers were looking for, driving the offense for touchdowns on all three of his possessions. Harrell’s play has been scrutinized by fans and the media all preseason. It was comforting for doubters to see the MVP Aaron Rodgers’ backup complete 13 of 15 passes for 223 yards with two touchdowns.
Packers start trimming roster to 53: The Packers’ brass had some tough decisions to make to get the roster down to 53 players. See who made the final cut and will be with the team as they look to get back to Super Bowl form.
Week 1: Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers: The Packers will need to be ready for a tough Week 1 game against the San Francisco 49ers September 9th. Many believe this is a potential NFC Championship Game preview; if these teams do in fact meet again in January, expect pundits to point to this week one matchup when predicting who will represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.
2012 NFL preview: Packers go 16-0?: The AccuScore computers use digital profiles of NFL players and coaches to predict outcomes based on game and season simulations. AccuScore has the Packers following their 15-1 regular season up with a perfect 16-0 mark. As ESPN blogger Kevin Seifert so eloquently puts it, “Everyone is stabbing in the dark when it comes to preseason NFL predictions, whether you're a computer like AccuScore or a television analyst or even a two-bit blogger. So enjoy it. Embrace it. Discuss it. And hold on tight for what surely will be a wild 2012 season.”