Division: NFC North
City: Green Bay, Wisconsin
Stadium: Lambeau Field
First Season: 1919
Head Coach: Matt LaFleur
The Green Bay Packers have one of the best quarterbacks of all-time, but the presence of Aaron Rodgers has not been enough to keep this team in playoff contention the past two seasons. Coach Mike McCarthy was fired in the middle of the season and Matt LaFleur has been brought in to get the most out of his star signal-caller. If Rodgers can get back to his old self, Green Bay could once again vault back into contention in the NFC. The Packers have been more aggressive in free agency in the past couple of years and are trying to build up the talent around Rodgers as well as on defense to get back to their old spot as one of the elite teams in the league.
Super Bowl Odds: +2100
Odds To WIn The NFC North: +223
Regular Season Win Total: 9.5
Rodgers threw for 25 touchdowns and only two interceptions a season ago but his yards per attempt was lower than usual as the Green Bay offense didn’t move the ball too consistently. The Packers have long been one of the most explosive passing teams in the NFL but have dipped the past couple of years. Davante Adams is a star pass-catcher but the Packers need some others to step up for Rodgers. Tight end Jimmy Graham is back and is hoping to be a big time part of the offense despite his advancing age. Aaron Jones is expected to be a focal point at running back.
The Packers defense has a strong linebacker corps. Blake Martinez and Kyler Fackrell are key players, and the team added edge rusher Rashan Gary in the draft to give the team a player to get after opposing quarterbacks. Longtime outside linebacker Clay Matthews departed this offseason so Gary could have a major role early as a rookie. The Packers have some talented cornerbacks and added Maryland safety Darnell Savage in the second round of the draft.
The Packers still don’t have as many playmakers or as much depth as teams like the Bears and the Vikings in their own division. However, Rodgers has long covered up shortcomings on the roster and is aiming to get back to that stature in 2019. He is going to be 36 years old this season so Green Bay’s window of opportunity with Rodgers at the helm is not going to last forever. LaFleur is aiming to create some better schemes on offense in order to make life easier on Rodgers, and if that happens perhaps Green Bay could get back to its high-octane passing game of the past.
The oddsmakers believe Green Bay will be right in the mix once again in the NFC North, and a bounceback season from Rodgers is a must if this team can return to contention after a couple of down years. Green Bay is one of the most perennially successful teams in the league but it better turn things around or the fans will be getting very antsy.
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