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How far can the Pack go?

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Greg Peck
January 3, 2013

Last Sunday, the prolific Adrian Peterson again ran roughshod over the Green Bay Packer defense. The 37-34 loss to the Minnesota Vikings left many Packer fans discouraged. We entered this season with great hopes. After all, our team won the Super Bowl two years ago, then compiled a team record 15-1 regular season record a year ago, only to stumble in its first playoff game at Lambeau Field last December. The New York Giants emerged victorious and went on to win Super Bowl XLVI.

Defense was our teamís weakness last year, so the Packer brass spent its first six draft picks on defenders last summer. That has upgraded the defense, but it sure wasnít enough to slow down Peterson last weekend.

Will playing at Lambeau make a difference Saturday night when the Packers and Vikings play a rematch in a first-round playoff contest? Will the outdoor turf and hostile crowd help rein in the elusive Peterson?

And if the Packers win Saturday night, what do you think the odds are of this team reaching, and winning, Super Bowl XLVII?

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

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