Tuesday, December 20, 2011

No perfect season for Packers

Green Bay Packers are determined to bounce back after losing for the first time this season at the weekend when they were surprisingly beaten by the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Packers, winners of last season's Super Bowl, had been in superlative form this term, winning their first 13 matches and were expected to brush aside a Chiefs side that had struggled this year. People looking at the online super bowl betting will know this.

However, the Chiefs ended Green Bay's run by pulling off a shock 19-14 victory at the Arrowhead Stadium.

To add to the Packers' disappointment, their injury list is starting to grow with Bryan Bulaga picking up a left knee sprain and Derek Sherrod breaking his right leg.

Wide receiver Greg Jennings picked up a sprained MCL in the previous week's game against the Oakland Raiders but is expected to recover in time to feature in the play-offs.

Despite all their injury problems, the Packers remains one of the favourites to win this season's Super Bowl but Packers coach Mike McCarthy admitted it had been a disappointing weekend, saying: "It was a very quiet plane ride home, and understandably so.

"Everybody's disappointed with the loss and the opportunity to have an undefeated season. But the reality is upon us."

The Packers have two games of their regular season left, both at home, against the Chicago Bears on Christmas Day evening and the Detroit Lions on New Year's Day.

They hope to have veteran left tackle Chad Clifton back for those two games as he has finally recovered from the hamstring injury he sustained against Atlanta more than two months ago. His recuperation had been delayed after he picked up a back problem during the rehabilitation process.

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