Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/10/12
In 2011 the Green Bay Packers' offense put up the second most points in league history.

While 2012 success hinges on the improvement of the defense, this edition of my look at the upcoming Packers' season focuses on the dynamic offense.

The seemingly unstoppable offense had few changes in the offseason.

For the first time in 12 years Green Bay will not have Mark Tauscher or Chad Clifton ready to start the season at a tackle position.

Two cornerstone offensive linemen that helped keep the Packers among the best teams in the league.

This leaves a real concern at left tackle.

Right tackle is solidified by Bryan Bulaga, who will be an excellent - if not Pro Bowl tackle - for the next decade or more.

The team's reluctance to move him to the more important left tackle position leaves Marshall Newhouse as the starter, where he struggled with flashes of brilliance in 2011. Derek Sherod should push Newhouse for playing time if he returns to full health in 2012.

According to profootballfocus.com's formula for pass blocking efficiency, Bulaga is the 10th best tackle in the league and Newhouse is the seventh worst. Left tackle may be the biggest team concern for cheeseheads all season long.

Outside of that concern the offensive line is very good, guards T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton are superb and backup Evan Dietrich-Smith is more than capable.

Pro bowl center Scott Wells signed with the St. Louis Rams in the offseason. Green Bay fans had eight days of consternation before perennial Pro Bowler Jeff Saturday was inked to replace him.

Signing a top-flight replacement was less an option than necessity.

Protecting Aaron Rodgers is priority one for the team. Green Bay looks vulnerable when Rodgers gets hit hard early. The lone regular season loss to Kansas City illustrates this perfectly.

The offensive line is considered weak, but when compared to the superiority of the rest of the positions I suppose they do look substandard. In reality, outside of left tackle, the offensive line is really very good.

Quarterback is the next big concern for the team in 2012. OK, I couldn't even type that with a straight face.

Unless Rodgers falls to injury, the reigning league MVP will put up Atari-like numbers in 2012. Yes I said Atari, because he is so stupid good he is going to redefine what great means, like Atari did at the time.

Speaking of Atari, many of you won't remember or weren't alive, but the cutting edge football game consisted of square blobs for players. They were black and white or a varient of, on a green field. That progressed from blobs, to more human looking players, but they still had square bodies, square heads, square feet, square hands, with rectangular legs and arms and three linemen on both offense and defense. Good times.

The Packers' receiving corps is anything but square. Unless square means the best in football. Greg Jennings was on pace for his usual stellar season before getting hurt at the end of the 2011 regular season. Jordy Nelson, who was already having a good season, exploded in his absence.

Donald Driver still plays a vital role. James Jones has never been as good as his second round draft position but fills his role and the blazing fast, dynamic Randall Cobb is a superstar in the making. A pack of five, any one of whom would start for most other teams.

Tight end is deep as well, with the uber-talented Jermichael Finley atop the list of talent. Andrew Quarless is in the Finley mold, but is probably lost for the 2012 season to a knee injury.

Tom Crabtree is the most likely to step in for Quarless, but D.J. Williams finds himself with an opportunity. The Arkansas standout put up impressive receiving numbers winning the John Makey award for top end in the nation in 2010 and finishing with 152 catches, second most in team history and most by a non-wide receiver.

I am anxious to see Williams get an extended look.

Ryan Grant has not been re-signed by the team or any other team. That leaves former undrafted free agent James Starks as the feature running back. After receiving just 29 carries during the 2010 regular season he busted out, leading the 2010 playoffs with 315 rushing yards. Starks stepped into a time share with Ryan Grant in 2011 and averaged 4.3 yards per carry on 133 attempts, (Grant averaged 4.2 on 134).

There is a real opportunity for Starks to once again "bust out" in 2012, like he did during the 2010 playoffs. There is also a chance he gets hurt, again, flaming out and leaving Green Bay with two running backs not named John Kuhn with a total of 21 NFL carries in Brandon Saine and Alex Green.

It is easy to see this unit breaking the record for points in a season if they can keep Rodgers upright. When you consider Rodgers didn't really hit his groove until about week six in 2011 the possibility seems more than realistic.

Look for updates from me on the Packers as we approach Week 1.

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