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SI’s Don Banks: Green Bay starts season as my NFC favorite

August 5, 2010 by  
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Aug 5, 2010 ~ by Brian E Murphy

~Count Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks among the many national journalists and sports writers who are picking the Packers to make it to the Super Bowl. Peter King was the first, while Yahoo! also pegged the Packers to win the Super Bowl.  

Aaron Rodgers tells anyone who will listen that Packers third-year tight end Jermichael Finley has barely scratched the surface of what he can accomplish in the Green Bay passing game.

~SI.com has dispatched writers to report on the 32 NFL training camps across the country. Here’s what Don Banks had to say about the Packers

Setting the Scene

On the sideline of a Packers training camp practice is an interesting place to be when all heck breaks loose on the Brett Favre front, but per chance that’s where I was Tuesday morning when the “R” word resurfaced again in connection with the NFL’s most well-known quitter. And to think I had just left Vikings camp in Mankato hours earlier, never suspecting a thing. Maybe I should have flopped those two stops on my little travel itinerary.

Three Observations

1. I know this is getting to be a recurring theme of my camp tour, but the Packers, like the Ravens and Vikings before them, aren’t afraid to be talking Super Bowl in August. And to think I haven’t even visited Cincinnati’s camp, where those two words flow from the mouths of receivers Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens all day long.

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has even done his part to keep the ball rolling in terms of Super Bowl talk, calling his team “the best group of men I’ve stood in front of in my time here.” Last year’s 7-1 record in the second half of the season was the NFL’s best over that span, and there’s a confidence level within the locker room that there’s more streaks like that to come….. rest of story here

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