Will you be watching the Pack tonight?
The Green Bay Packers take on the San Diego Chargers at 7 tonight in their first preseason game on ESPN. Iím still recuperating from my back problems despite a couple of visits this week to a chiropractor, so I wonít be playing racquetball tonight. Instead, Iíll be watching the Packers.
Of course, I realize many of the players who will be key to the teamís hopes this year wonít be playing tonight or will play little. Thatís particularly true given the shaky status of the clubís left tackle position, which is crucial to keeping star quarterback Aaron Rodgers from taking a blindside hit.
Thatís OK, though. My wife, Cheryl, and I enjoy watching the young players. Graham Harrell will get plenty of playing time tonight, and fans might learn whether he'll be a quality backup QB. Cheryl likes to keep an eye on the rookies and see who might be a future star.
Packer fans were devastated last year when Green Bay, the reigning Super Bowl champion, quickly fell out of the playoffs in a loss to the New York Giants, who went on to win Super Bowl XLVI. Thatís particularly true after the Pack finished the regular season an impressive 15-1 despite a defense that gave up yardage in massive chunks all year.
The Packer brass focused on defense in the draft to shore up that leaky unit. Has it done enough? Do you think this yearís team can bring another Lombardi Trophy to Title Town? Will you be watching tonight, instead tuning into the Olympics or doing something else?
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