As the regular season appears to have started with a whimper rather than a bang after the Thursday night opener you could be forgiven for thinking that if this happened to two of the NFL's best offenses what hope do we have for some of the high flying, dynamic games we saw last season? Well don't worry, because this season will see the rise of the Green Bay Packers. Aaron Rodgers seems almost set to achieve elite status upon the start of the Packer's regular season on Sunday night. After an astonishing year but all too brief (record setting) playoff run the Packers and Rodgers seem primed to start right where they left off, that is, with a high-powered offense through the air and a solid 3-4 defense that takes the ball back. Last year's effort saw Rodgers earn a probowl bid and post over 4000 yards, 30 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions in 2009. Rodgers, who entered the league in 2005 spent 3 years as the backup to Brett Favre before finally getting his shot as starter in the 2008 season. That time on the bench appears well spent and in his first year as starter he put up over 4000 yards and 28 touchdowns and he is now the only QB in NFL history to post over 4000 yards in his first and second years as starter. Rodger's path to success seems almost ideal: get drafted in the 1st round and be tutored by one of the greats. Although while you wouldn't call Favre's departure amicable, non could argue that Rodgers was not ready. The Packers are not just Rodgers however, and indeed they have as many offensive weapons as any other team. With a WR corp featuring Greg Jennings and Donald Driver, not to mention outstanding up and coming TE Jerimichael Finley and solid RB Ryan Grant it would seem that Rodgers has everything he needs for a championship run. Everything that is, except for an offensive line. Despite being sacked 51 times last season (1st in the NFL) and hit 93 times Rodgers continued to show poise and if nessisary, speed, often rolling out of the pocket to make the big play. While the OL has not looked terrible in the preseason it should still be a concern if he wants to be healty come December. Defensively the Packers also look great. Boasting the 5th best pass defense last year and the best run defense in the NFL allowing on average only 83.3 yards per game they look set to continue the trend with stars such as LB Clay Mathews, FS Nick Collins and 2009 Defensive Player Of The Year CB Charles Woodson. Often you hear that you should take preseason performances with a grain of salt, but I strongly encourage you to look at what Rodgers and the Packers acheived during this preseason: an average of over 400 yards offense per game and 296 yards passing. In 3 games Rodgers threw 6 touchdowns, and in most cases he bearly played a full half. Take that as you will but when your team lines up against the Packers (including the Eagles here in week 1) you had best prepare youself. The Cheeseheads are on the rise.