ESPN’s Jaws likes what he sees in Green Bay : Packers Insider

ESPN’s Jaws likes what he sees in Green Bay

September 2, 2010 by  
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Sept 2, 2010 ~ by Bob Wolfley

~For a team whose quarterback is 17-15 as a starter, whose second-half schedule this season includes games against Dallas, Minnesota, Atlanta and New England, the Green Bay Packers have their share of informed outsiders drinking from the green and gold canteen.

On Wednesday during a conference call with reporters, ESPN “Monday Night Football” game analyst Ron Jaworski joined the swelling ranks of football authorities who think the Packers are the team to beat in the NFC North – not the Vikings, the team that won the division last year and beat Green Bay twice.

“There is a real positive vibe coming out of Green Bay,” said Jaworski, who called Green Bay’s 59-24 preseason victory over the Indianapolis Colts for a national television audience. “Sometimes that chemistry in the locker room, belief in each other, can take you a long way. Then you pile on that the talent they’ve assembled, particularly on the offensive side – my goodness, being out at practice watching Jermichael Finley. Hell, I wish I could still throw the football to a guy like that. He is going to be an amazing matchup problem for any defense.”

Jaworski singled out two defensive players based on their performance against the Colts – second-year nose tackle B.J. Raji and rookie safety Morgan Burnett.

“Once they get healthy and get (Clay) Matthews back, they’ll be a rock-solid defensive team,” Jaworski said. “In my opinion right now, they are better than the Minnesota Vikings.”

Jon Gruden, Jaworski’s fellow analyst on Monday night telecasts, did not declare the Packers his choice to win the division, but he did declare they are a formidable team.

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“I’m a big believer in the Green Bay Packers,” Gruden said. “I don’t know that they are going to win the division. I think it will come down to the last two or three weeks in the season. It’s going to be very tight.

“I really like the skill the Green Bay Packers have,” Gruden said. “I think the offensive line has got to prove it from Week 1 to Week 16. They look good now. They can’t afford to have any injuries. But they sure had an outstanding preseason.”   Rest of story here

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