So far, luck is on side of Packers

Green Bay facing banged-up Giants at just the right time

In the NFL, there's nothing wrong with a little bit of good luck.

The Green Bay Packers got a little bit of that in the season-opening win over the Philadelphia Eagles. How often will the Packers win a game where Brett Favre plays terribly and the offense can't manage a touchdown? How often does that happen against a team like the Eagles, who were predicted to be one of the best teams in the NFC?

So the Packers got a little lucky on Sunday, so what? The defense looked great. Mason Crosby looked like a superstar and the Packers were able to win despite a very lackluster effort from the offense.

The only thing that matters is that the Packers won. If they had been able to win a game like that last season, they would have made the playoffs.

The good news keeps piling up for the Packers. As they get ready for their first road game of the regular season, they may very well be facing a New York Giants team that may be playing without their starting quarterback, Eli Manning, and their starting running back, Brandon Jacobs.

Considering how many teams were able to beat up on injured Packers teams over the last two seasons, it's about time Green Bay gets a chance to face an opponent that isn't at 100 percent. The Giants game was winnable even with Manning and Jacobs, but right now, it's looking pretty good for the Packers to start the season with two straight wins.

If that happens, and I think it will, the Packers will be in prime position to make the playoffs. The Packers lost their first two games last season and if they had won just one of them, they would have made the playoffs. With games looming against the San Diego Chargers (Sept. 23) and Chicago Bears (Oct. 7), it might not be a bad thing for the Packers to get off to a 2-0 start to the season.

Plus, the longer the season goes, the better the offense will be. Brandon Jackson will eventually find his stride and Vernand Morency will eventually get healthy. It should also be noted that the Packers were able to beat the Eagles despite having to play without Greg Jennings and with Donald Driver clearly not at 100 percent. As the Packers get healthy and the rookies get experience, the offense will come around. If that happens and the defense continues to play the way it did in the opener, the Packers will still be playing in January.

The Packers started both the 2005 and 2006 seasons with back-to-back losses. Before anybody points out how it's way too early for anyone to talk about the postseason, it should be considered that the Packers haven't started the season 2-0 since 2001. While it wouldn't guarantee anything, it would be a very early sign that the Packers are better than most of the so-called experts thought and that they do have a very legitimate chance to contend for the playoffs and a NFC North title.

It is early, but it's never a bad thing when a team gets off to a strong start.

Dylan Tomlinson is a frequent contributor to and Packer Report magazine. E-mail him at

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