Recap Of Packers Season

By PFC Writer Jonathan Zenk

There are plenty of reasons for the Green Bay Packers’ miserable 6-10 record, which was on the heels of a 13-3 season and trip to the NFC Championship game. However, former quarterback Brett Favre was down on the list of those reasons.

Many so-called Packer fans think that present quarterback Aaron Rodgers was the biggest problem. That was just not the case, however. Rodgers just completed the second greatest season in history, stats-wise, as a first-year starter. Rodgers passed for 4,038 yards and had 28 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

The Packers lost seven games by a grand total of 21 points. Rodgers struggled late in games at times, but he still did put them in position to win the game in all of those games. He put them ahead in most of those games, but the defense collapsed down the stretch in the games, which led to losses.

The Packers started off the season strong, winning their first two games over division rivals Minnesota and Detroit. In those two games, the Packers had a punt return for a touchdown and two interceptions for touchdowns. However, the Packers lost the next three games to Dallas, Tampa Bay, and Atlanta before coming back to win their final two games before their bye week. In the Tampa Bay game, the Packers lost defensive end Cullen Jenkins to injury for the season. After that injury, the Packers were burned on the ground the rest of the season. The Packers played one of their best games of the season in their last game before the bye week against the Indianapolis Colts. Ryan Grant rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown and the Packers had two interceptions for touchdowns and the Packers defense dominated the Colts offense, holding Peyton Manning to only 229 yards passing and no touchdowns.

After the bye week, the Packers suffered two heartbreaking last-second losses, one for overtime and one on a Mason Crosby last-second field goal that sailed wide right. Then, the Packers played their game of the year, destroying arch-rival Chicago 37-3 at Lambeau Field. Grant rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown and Rodgers threw for two scores and the defense once again scored a touchdown en route to the demolition of the Bears.

Then the Packers went on to lose their next five, including four by a combined 14 before beating the winless Detroit Lions, 31-21, to end the season 6-10. Even with Rodgers struggling late in games this year, he will only get better in these situations. After all, this is his first year starting. The Packers struggled mightily with their pass rush after Jenkins’ injury. If Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers becomes a free agent, the Packers may be interested. A defensive line of Aaron Kampman, Julius Peppers, Cullen Jenkins, and Ryan Pickett would be scary. Despite the disappointing 2008 campaign, the Packers have a very bright future.