Happy New Year!

Packer fans have every right to expect good things in the coming year, and what better way to start than with a Super Bowl victory in New Orleans. But to get to the Big Easy, Green Bay must stick to some resolutions:<p>

*Make sure running back Ahman Green touches the ball 25 times a game. Plain and simple, when he does that, the Packers win. In Sunday's win against the Vikings, he had 19 touches and they struggled. In the 26-20 loss to the Titans, he had 14 touches.

*Hand Dorsey "Horse" Levens the returnman reins for good. He's surehanded and the only player to show straight-ahead results on returns since the search began this year.

*Get quarterback Brett Favre a big, fast receiver. It's amazing what Favre has done this season with a sub-standard set of pass-catchers. He needs a playmaking end before he retires. The sooner, the better.

*And while we're at it, let's hope the Packers launch a massive campaign, in the Heisman-hype vein, to get Favre the fourth MVP he richly deserves. No way, no how, is any other player in the league as intregal to his team than Favre. He's provided the numbers and the leadership with a consistency rarely seen in football.

*Have tight end Bubba Franks gain yards after catching the ball. The big tight end has become a great red zone threat (nine touchdowns), but he still catches passes and falls down. He needs to run routes where he can catch the ball in stride.

*Figure out if the current corners are capable of complementing the awesome Mike McKenzie well enough to give the Packers a truly devastating 1-2 punch. Remember the salad days of Craig Newsome-Doug Evans? If Tyrone Williams and Tod McBride aren't the answer, and if Bhawoh Jue is going to remain a safety, then let's look elsewhere to get the defense its own dynamic duo.

*Keep massive defensive tackle Gilbert Brown and high-impact linebacker Nate Wayne healthy. Both are key for the Packers to stop the run. Without them, the rush defense has been erratic at best, porous at worst.

*Win the very first NFC North Division championship. When the NFL realigns and adds a team next season, Green Bay, Chicago, Detroit and Minnesota – the original black and blue division – will be in the new NFC North. It's only fitting that the Packers, who have 12 NFL title flags, win the first division pennant. That would be great way to end 2002.

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