(Originally published in Volume One.)
Preparing predictions in the preseason can be perilous. A common saying is that “Team X will be good if they stay healthy,” which may prove particularly prescient for the Packers. As we prepare for the Fourth Annual Athletic Aesthetic Football Preview, understand that the guesses may well have been different had the column deadline been before the second preseason game for the Pack – the game in which the best Packer wide receiver, Jordy Nelson, suffered a season-ending ACL injury. As always, I polled sports media folks from the Chippewa Valley for their opinions on what we shall see in the 2015 football season, from the pros down to the preps. There were some varieties in the responses, but by and large, there was a similar sense of what to expect as the temperatures turn colder and the gridiron heats up.