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GREEN BAY PACKERS
The Packers surprised a few people in 2009, winning seven of their last eight games before losing an overtime heart-breaker to the Cardinals in the playoffs. Their switch to a 3-4 alignment under new defensive coordinator Dom Capers paid immediate dividends for a defense that was also boosted by the addition of rookies Clay Matthews and B.J. Raji. Meanwhile, quarterback Aaron Rodgers continued to improve, and the offense developed another weapon in tight end Jermichael Finley.
Although the Packers' defense finished second in the NFL in yards allowed, it surrendered 531 total yards to Arizona in the playoff loss, and a lack of QB pressure allowed Kurt Warner to pass for 379 yards and five touchdowns. The team did little to address its pass rush issue through free agency or the draft this offseason, which could definitely backfire. Matthews managed to finish with 10 sacks in 2009 and is a legitimate pass-rushing threat, but teams figure to double-team him more this year. Beyond him, no other player had more than 4.5 sacks, and it's unclear if there's anyone else on the roster who can step up. In the secondary, Charles Woodson was a fantasy machine, recording two sacks, nine interceptions, four forced fumbles and three touchdowns. He'll continue to anchor a ball-hawking secondary that also includes Pro Bowler Nick Collins and Al Harris, who is coming back from a torn ACL.
The one knock on the productive Rodgers is that he tends to hold