NFL gambling fans last year saw the Packers suffer a big drop from 2007 as they finished 6-10 straight up and 8-8 against the NFL lines. The big NFL gambling story last year was, of course, the departure of Brett Favre, who was replaced at quarterback by Aaron Rodgers.
Favre left in an ugly split that had the state of Wisconsin less than pleased although most Packer fans were agreeable to giving Rodgers a chance against the NFL lines.
Rodgers put up good numbers last year against the NFL gambling board as he finished with 4038 yards, 28 touchdown passes, 13 interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 93.8 as he completed 63.6 percent of his passes.
That being said there was something missing from Rodgers in comparison to Favre, the intangible of leadership and the faith of his teammates to lead them to NFL gambling wins when the chips were down. Rodgers, unlike Favre, was unable to bring Green Bay back with a dramatic NFL gambling comeback win.
Until he is able to do so there will be a lot of questions about his true value as a quarterback. Rodgers ranked 6th in the NFL for quarterback rating, which is nice, but he also posted just 6 wins, which is what everyone is focusing on. Defense and special teams were a big sore spot for the Packers during the 2008 NFL gambling season.
The Packers were not physical and ranked 26th on the NFL gambling charts for rushing yards allowed. Green Bay ranked 22nd in points allowed. With such a poor performance a change in coordinators was inevitable and Dom Capers has arrived to lead the defense.
Capers will be in his 24th NFL gambling season and has league wide respect as a defensive specialist and coordinator. Shawn Slocum has taken over the special teams unit that was so poor in 2008.
The kicking game can turn a “bad beats” into “lucky wins” and that is what Slocum has been charged to do after the Packers and their backers suffered their share of “bad beats” due to special team’s ineptitude last year.
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