Packers, Saints face off tonight

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Green Bay Packers

2010 Record: 10-6, second place, NFC North; 4-0 in postseason, defeated Steelers in Super Bowl XLV
Head Coach: Mike McCarthy, sixth season
Additions: LB K.C. Asiodu
Departures: RB James X. Johnson, LB Nick Barnett, G Daryn Colledge, DE Cullen Jenkins, G Jason Spitz, RB Brandon Jackson, RB Ahman Green, LB Brady Poppinga
Key Draft Picks: OT Derek Sherrod (1), WR Randall Cobb (2), RB Alex Green (3), CB Davon House (4), TE D.J. Williams (5)
Offseason review: What do you get for the team that has every’thing? Well, if you’re Aaron Rodgers and the Super Bowl champion Packers, the answer is depth. An already formidable offensive line added Sherrod with the first-round pick, who is slated to replace starting LT Chad Clifton when his contract expires in 2012. At wide receiver, Cobb’s selection at No. 2 was a surprise to some, until you consider Donald Driver’s age (37). Green, selected in the third round, replaces RB Brandon Jackson, now in Cleveland, but guard could be an issue since the departed Colledge’s possible replacements, Nick McDonald and Marshall Newhouse, aren’t ready. And the selection of TE Williams in the fifth round gives the team depth behind starter Jermichael Finley.

New Orleans Saints

2010 Record: 11-5, second place, NFC South; 0-1 in postseason, lost to Seahawks in Wild Card Game
Head Coach: Sean Payton, fourth season
Additions: DT Shaun Rogers, DE Turk McBride, RB Darren Sproles, CB Fabian Johnson, C Olin Kreutz, DB Paul Oliver, DT Aubrayo Franklin, LB Will Herring, OT Alex Barron, OT Jordan Black, RB Patrick Cobbs, DB Trumaine McBride,
Departures: TE Jeremy Shockey, RB Reggie Bush, CB Randall Gay, LS Jason Kyle, LB Danny Clark, OT Jonathan Stinchcomb
Key Draft Picks: DE Cameron Jordan (1), RB Mark Ingram (1), LB Martez Wilson (3), CB Johnny Patrick (3)
Offseason review: The Saints came into the offseason staring at a laundry list of prospective free agents. With two defensive ends among them, the team drafted Jordan with a first round pick, and Greg Romeus, considered a bargain in the seventh round – if he’s recovered from a torn ACL. The former is expected to start while the latter’s status is dependent on health. At running back, Bush’s days in the Big Easy became numbered once the Saints selected the powerful Ingram with its other first-rounder. Whether he can match Bush’s pass-catching ability is another matter about which QB Drew Brees will soon find out. Third-round pick Martez is expected to compete for playing at strong-side linebacker, as will fellow No 3. Patrick at cornerback in the wake of Gay’s release. Herring will get a shot at the linebacker opening created by Clark’s departure. Other areas of concern, defensive tackle (Rogers, Franklin), center (Kreutz) and tight end (Turk McBride), were addressed via free agency, but strong safety remains a question mark.

--Tribune Media Services