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Training camps open up throughout the NFL this week as the 2012 NFL season begins.  For the Packers the biggest question is did the team do enough to address the defensive issues from 2011?


But league wide the question this time of year as always is who is the team to beat?  Whether or not the Packers still struggle defensively it is my belief that they are still the best team in the NFC.  Sure the Giants are the defending champions but consider this: they were a lackluster 9-7 during the regular season in an uncharacteristically weak NFC East.  Also, they need to replace Mario Manningham and Hakeem Nicks may not be healed by the start of the season.


And of course the division should be stronger, which leads us the Philadelphia.  The Eagles were a big disappointment last year despite winning their final four games.  The big question with Philly is can they close out a game after blowing five fourth quarter leads last year.


How about San Francisco?  The 49ers picked up the aforementioned Manningham and used their first round pick on AJ Jenkins but as we saw in the NFC Championship game, Alex Smith is not a big time quarterback.  So despite upgrading the offensive weapons (and by the way, Randy Moss is NOT an upgrade, he is washed up and at best a number three wide receiver) it will be difficult for the 49ers to improve on last year's run, especially considering Seattle and Arizona should be better.


In the South you have to figure New Orleans takes a step back with the absence of head coach Sean Payton and the Falcons, much like San Fran, will only go as far as their quarterback will take them.  After four years it's pretty clear Matt Ryan will not take them far.


These are just a few way-too-early thoughts on the NFC.  Much will change between now and early September.  For more football talk and random thoughts on life, follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

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