Will It Be Addition By Addition?

That's the question for the Packers, who won the Super Bowl despite 15 players on injured reserve. The challenge is working those players back into the mix without impacting the chemistry.

Games aren't played on paper, as Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy is quick to remind.

Still, on paper, the defending Super Bowl champions should be even stronger as they attempt to become the first team to win back-to-back NFL titles since the 2003 and 2004 New England Patriots.

The Packers finished last season with a dizzying 15 players on injured reserve, including standout starters Jermichael Finley and Ryan Grant. Only three teams since 2000 lost more games due to injuries, according to Dallas Morning News NFL writer Rick Gosselin's research. None of those teams won more than six games. The Packers won their final six games – including three playoff games on the road -- to capture the Super Bowl.

The good news is many of those players are back and hungry.

"I think it's the attitude that they have coming back," quarterback Aaron Rodgers said last week. "A lot of them don't feel like they contributed to the Super Bowl run and they want to be a part of something special. They were a part of it, but not directly impacting every play on the field. Bringing back Ryan and bringing back Jermichael, those guys are hungry to be difference-makers on a team that can go deep in the playoffs like that. It's fun to have those guys back."

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