It is no secret that the Packers defense is terrible. Their record setting offense covered up for a lot of problems last season. The problem is, this season that offense is not clicking. With Rodgers and the offense stalling, the defense is being exposed even more. I know they got a bad deal in Seattle, but why were the Seahawks even in that game. They cannot make the playoffs with this defense playing the way they are now.
Before the season started I predicted each teams record, the playoff picture and Superbowl.
Now that we're reaching the half way point, it's time to update these predictions.
Here was my last NFC playoff prediction:
Green Bay, New Orleans, San Fran, Detroit and Chicago.
NFC Championship - San Fran over Philadelphia.
Here's a look at each of their seasons so far:
Green Bay - The Packers have been off to a terrible start. Their defense continues to underachieve and they have to score a ton of points to win. The problem is, they are not scoring enough points. Yes the refs blew the call in Seattle but, how were the Seahawks even in that game. The NFC is very deep and I don't see Green Bay getting in on a wild card. The have to win the division to get into the playoffs. The Packers need to get their offense on track now. They still control their destiny inside the division but they have a lot of work to do. I think they have too many issues and don't make the playoffs this season.
New Orleans - The Saints offseason trouble is well documented, so I won't get into it here. However, I thought that his team had enough pieces in place to be able to survive the suspension of their head coach. I was wrong. The Saints are a mess and its shocking the start they're off to this season. I never expected them to start 0-4. Every Head Coach should go to their owner and ask for a raise. If there was ever a doubt how valuable a HC is, it's been answered now. This is an insurmountable hole and there is little chance they make the playoffs.
San Francisco - Here's a team that's delivering on the preseason hype. They are built with defense and running the ball. That type of team can play and win in any conditions. Give Alex Smith credit, he's doing his job and managing the offense. Randy Moss hasn't been a big story, I think they're keeping him fresh for the playoff run. This team is still solid and will win a much improved division.
Chicago - The Bears were one of my Wild Card picks. I was counting on Cutler and Marshall to connect and put up some big numbers. So far it's been a bumpy start for the duo. The Bears still cannot protect Cutler consistently but they are improving as the season goes on. I like where they are going.
Detroit - The Lions are off to a disappointing start. They are struggling in the passing game, still can't run the ball and are weak in pass defense. What's shocking about this, not much. The Lions could not run or stop the pass last year and did nothing to fix it in the offseason. I don't know how the Lions front offense let this happen. Every fan was shocked when they ignored CB in the draft. Now they are paying the price. The Lions are now in last place in their division and the Vikings are shocking the league. I give them next to no chance to make the playoffs.
Here is the updated NFC Playoff Picture:
Philadelphia - The Eagles don't look great on offense but they're still winning games.
San Francisco - The 49ers are still the best team in the NFC. Their defense is outstanding.
Chicago - The Bears need to protect Cutler and they'll go deep in the playoffs. I would not be surprised if any if the four teams win this division.
Atlanta - The Falcons are playing great right now. I need to seep something in the playoffs to convince me that they're for real.
Giants - The Giants are still solid and I like them to make it in as a WC team. They can do anything once they make it in.
Minnesota - This one shocks me. I expected this team to be terrible this season. They're doing it with defense, a running game and a game manager at QB. I don't buy Ponder long term but they're doing things the right way. I'll take them as a WC over AZ based on QB play.
NFC Championship - I'm going to stick with San Francisco over Philadelphia but I wouldn't be surprised if the Giants make it into this game.
The 49ers and their outstanding defense is too much for the Texans and San Fran wins the Superbowl.
We'll see how my updated predictions work out.