With 13 days to go until opening Sunday, here's what we know, or think we know:
1. Brett Favre will not only break the all-time touchdown and interception records, but he may set the season mark for most pass attempts. McCarthy likes to give lip service to the run, but he's shown he's not one to stick with the run, and with all these new toys in the passing game, (Jones, Jackson out of the backfield, ect) look for the Packers to air it out early and often.
2. The defense will have maddening lapses, but overall will be a force and will keep the Packers in most games. The one thing that will hold back the "D" will be the play at the safety position.
3. The tight end position, despite not having an elite athlete, will surprise many a defense with it's versatility. Bubba Franks has been written off and no one respects Donald Lee. But both players have shown they can be counted on if the defense decides to concentrate on the outside receivers, leaving the middle of the field open to one-on-one match-ups, most of which Franks and Lee will win. I know, I know. Just trust me.
4. James Jones cements Ted Thompson's reputation for drafting. The man can find receiver talent on the first day. First, there was Terrence Murphy, who looked like a player before his career ending injury against Carolina. Then, Thompson hit on Jennings in the second round last year. Now, he seems to have found another player in Jones in this year's third round. He's taken these players when most people have shied away, indeed, calling most of the picks arrogant or a 'reach'. But Thompson has been right on all three.
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