Too Early Preview: The Green Bay Packers
Anytime you have Aaron Rodgers lining up behind center there is a chance that you can win the Super Bowl. I mean, last season Rodgers single handedly carried the Packers' injury ridden roster to the NFC Championship. The guy can just do mind blowing stuff on the football field.
The Packers biggest weakness in the 2016-2017 season was the lack off depth in the secondary. Sam Shields going down in week 1 and never returning, plus a number of different injuries to important members of the secondary resulted in LaDarius Gunter matching up in single coverage against Julio Jones in the NFC Championship and we all know how that turned out (180 yards and 2 Tds). Therefore, this off-season gaining depth in the secondary has been a priority. So far the Packers have added free agent cornerback Davon House as well as drafting cornerback Kevin King and safety Josh Jones both in the second round. House played well during his first stint in Green Bay (2011-2014) but then didn't do so hot as a Jaguar. Though, one reason House may have struggled in Jacksonville was because he is a big dude who excels in press coverage and the Jaguars didn't play much press but rather a lot of zone. Kevin King is also a big guy (6'2, 180) who is very athletic and has huge upside. It's hard to know what a team is going to get out of a rookie in their first year but if King can come in and contribute it would go a long way to help solve the Packers defensive problems.
The Packers offense this year looks straight up scary. Rodgers is the closest thing to a demigod the world has seen since Achilles and now he has more weapons than ever. This off-season Packers GM Ted Thompson shocked everyone when he signed tight end Martellus Bennett. Bennett was the best TE on the market and greatly improves the Packers offense. He is a huge target and isn't scared to go across the middle of the field. The Pack also signed former Wisconsin Badgers star tight end Lance Kendricks. Kendricks never played up to his full potential with the Rams but he also never had a good QB throwing to him. That all changes in Green Bay where he will have Rodgers tossing him bombs. Add these tight ends to a solid group of wide receivers and a dynamic running back in Ty Montgomery and the result is a huge problem for opposing defenses.
The last few seasons have ended in heart break but this is it. This is the Packers year! On February 4th, 2018 the Green Bay Packers will raise the Lombardi Trophy in US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis and become five time world champions.
My Season Prediction: 19-0
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