A roundup of what's happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.
GREEN BAY, Wis. – Thirty-two NFL reporters can't be wrong, can they?
If they're not, the Packers will be a playoff team.
In our NFL Nation season predictions, all 32 team reporters picked the Packers to go to the postseason. All but five of them – you can find out who by reading the AFC writers predictions and the NFC writers predictions – picked the Packers to win the NFC North. The other five pegged them for a wild-card berth.
But a Super Bowl champ? Well, not many were ready to go that far.
Here's a breakdown how many of the 32 NFL Nation reporters picked the Packers to:
Win the NFC North: 27
Make the playoffs as a wild-card team: 5
Win the Super Bowl: 2
Lose the Super Bowl: 3
In the individual awards, quarterback Aaron Rodgers received five votes for MVP, while Mike McCarthy got one vote for coach of the year.
In case you missed it on ESPN.com:
ESPN TV reporter Josina Anderson and I discussed how the Packers’ defense looks heading into Thursday’s season opener at Seattle in this video.
McCarthy clearly feels good about his defense entering the season. On Monday, he said, "We're a better pass rush team today than we've been in a long time."
The Packers had the sixth-youngest roster in the league after last weekend's cuts were made.
Best of the rest:
In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Pete Dougherty's column addressed how the emphasis on certain rules this season might impact the way the Seahawks play defensively.
In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tom Silverstein wrote that the Packers think they have a core group of players that will lead to a major improvement on special teams.