Sports Illustrated’s Packers tidbits

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 4, 2010 – 4:59 pm

This week’s issue of Sports Illustrated has a few interesting Green Bay-related tidbits.

First off, senior NFL writer Peter King selects his midseason All-Pro team, and LB Clay Matthews is on it. Matthews leads the league with 9 1/2 sacks. Also, King is sticking to his preseason prediction of picking the Packers to go to the Super Bowl, only now he’s also picking them to win it.

In the preseason, King picked the Packers to lose the Super Bowl to the Steelers. But now he’s picking the Packers over the Jets in a “low-scoring” Super Bowl XLV, 14-9. Sounds like the same sort of defensive battle the two teams just played. King’s playoff brackets have the Packers getting the No. 2 playoff seed in the NFC, beating the Falcons in the divisional round and then knocking off the top-seeded Giants in the NFC Championship.

Of course, fellow SI writer Jim Trotter sees it the opposite way, with the Jets beating the Packers in the Super Bowl in his predictions published on

In one other item, SI polled 245 NFL players to ask them who’s the most underrated player in the league, and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers came out tied for first in the voting with Patriots WR Wes Welker. Both players received five percent of the vote.

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