With Greg Jenning’s returning, will the Green Bay Packers recapture their offensive magic?


Jennings and Rodgers have proven to be an explosive tandem.

With two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Greg Jennings finally expected to return from a bummed knee to compete for the Packers against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, 2011 AP NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers will have another weapon to try to compensate for a decimated offensive line.

As a two-time Pro Bowl selection, the 28-year-old Rodgers, who has tossed 160 touchdowns, in contrast to a measly 45 picks, for 20,204 yards, is the preeminent quarterback in the NFL today.

Unfortunately for Rodgers and Packers (7-4) supporters, the Super Bowl XLV MVP has been sacked a pathetic 37 times and is on pace to hit the gridiron a record number this season.

Despite playing behind a posse of bush league blockers, Rodgers, who the Packers selected out of the University of California with the 24th pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, has still somehow managed to throw for 28 scores, in comparison to seven interceptions, for 2,834 yards.

Obviously, the 29-year-old Jennings, ranked #56 in the Top 100 Players of 2012, doesn’t play on the line.

Nevertheless, Jennings, who the Packers took out of Western Michigan University with the 52nd choice in the 2006 draft, is a burner who, if healthy, can help the quick slant pattern to reemerge.

Along with star receivers Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson, Jennings, who has compiled 401 receptions for 50 touchdowns and 6,249 yards over 91 games, should be able to get open and allow Rodgers to promptly chuck the pigskin and alleviate some pressure in the pocket.

Although a flawed squad lagging behind the Chicago Bears (8-3) in the NFC North Division, the quartet of Cobb, Nelson, Jennings and Rodgers may be capable of masking many of Green Bay’s ills.

No matter the ultimate outcome of the 2012 campaign, the Packers are a far more formidable unit with Aaron Rodgers targeting the dynamic Greg Jennings.

Hence, the Bears and the remainder of the NFC would be wise to take notice of the recuperating Green Bay Packers.

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