I know how Packers fans can get. Last week after the Packers didn't play well at San Diego, I heard from many that wanted Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson booted out of town. This week, after the Packers responded with a 38-10 preseason win over Atlanta, all is well again. I would subscribe to the theory that I've heard so much of lately, it's never as bad as you think and it's never as good as you think.
In the Atlanta game, the Falcons played their starters for a quarter. They looked about as enthused to play that game as the Packers did the week before in San Diego. The Packers were obviously out to avenge their earlier failure and it turned into a convincing win for the Packers. But the Packers are likely going to open the season with at least 5 rookies in the starting lineup. Trust me, that usually means nothing but trouble.
Fans should be encouraged by the steps the team has taken. They had three interceptions, got the ground game going and for the most part, were assignment sure. Remember though, preseason games don't count. With any luck with injuries, the Packers will likely be better then they were last year. But this is not a playoff team and Saturday's preseason win shouldn't lull you into thinking they are. This team has been a consistent winner for the last 15 years. It's rebuilding time, which is the stage they're in right now. Don't panic. It might not be a great year, but the Packers will have to walk before they can run.