The Green Bay Packers went 7-9 last year, but that was with Aaron Rodgers going down in week 6 and the Packers sputtering without him. With a healthy Rodgers heading into the season, there is a lot to like about this Packers team. The oddsmakers agree, listing the Packers as basically co-favorites with the Minnesota Vikings to win the NFC North and the seventh-best odds to win the Super Bowl.
The Vikings ran away with the division last year posting a 13-3 record that tied for tops in the league. They went 5-1 in the division with two wins over the Packers, including a 16-0 road win in week 16.
Even with that dominance from last year, the Vikings are only the slightest of favorites over the Packers to win the division in 2018. The big reason of course is Aaron Rodgers being healthy heading into the 2018 season. The Packers were 4-1 heading into week 6 last year, which was when Anthony Barr and the Vikings body slammed the Packers’ season.
The Packers are a completely different team with Rodgers at QB, so the odds are fair. The Packers have a great shot at getting back to the top of the NFC North this year if Rodgers can stay healthy and the defense improves.
According to BetOnline, the Packers have the seventh-best odds to win the Super Bowl this year. Last years finalists are No. 1 and No. 2 and then it’s the NFC North rival Vikings sitting as the third favorites at 10/1.
After going 7-9 last year it might seem like a stretch for the Packers to be +1400 heading into this season, but if Rodgers can stay healthy, the Packers truly are legitimate contenders every year. Everything must fall into place, but when you have the best QB in the world, the oddsmakers aren’t going to list you much higher than 14/1.
The Packers were only able to win seven games in 2017, so oddsmakers are expecting a significant improvement with the over/under set at 10 this season.
Last year only seven teams in the entire NFL were able to win 11 or more games, so betting on the Packers to win 11-plus is an optimistic wager.
That said, looking at the Packers schedule I do agree with the total being set at 10 wins for this Packers team heading into the season. If they hit that total, they should be in solid shape for the playoffs and possibly the division title.
With Rogers the Packers were destined for a 10-6 season last year. Here is why: Those first 5 games featured some very bad teams taking on the diminished Seahawks, hapless Bears, and pallid Bengals all at home in Green Bay. Easy peasy. Almost automatic wins. The remaining two games the Packers split with the Falcons and Cowboys.
It was, I think, clear to everyone the Packers were going to lose to the Vikings in game 6 even without Rogers getting himself hurt (by not following coaching on how to take a hit and how to land — you know, don’t cushion your fall with your throwing arm). Remember, Rogers also lost in Carolina so the Packers were 4-3 with him starting a game.
If you generously say that Rogers adds +10 points to the offense per game and add that to all the games he misses all or even just part of you get a record of 10-6 in 2017. And that was against one of the easiest schedules in the NFL!
In 2016 with Aaron Rodgers all 16 games the Packers were 10-6. And they had, literally, THE EASIEST SCHEDULE in the ENTIRE NFL !
This year they face one of the toughest! Assuming everyone stays healthy 10-6 may be possible but usually some injuries do occur. I truly believe Rogers is a better QB than Stafford but that a Stafford Lions team is better than a Rogers Packers team. (Better WRs, better RB now, better O-line in 4 of 5 spots, worse TE, better D-line, even on LB, much better secondary) I can picture the Packers going 0-4 vs. the Vikings and Lions and 2-4 overall in the North division. If they split the other games that would put them at 7-9. Can you picture the Packers losing to the Rams and Patriots and Seahawks in away games? I can. Maybe Redskins and maybe 49ers in away games as well. And to the Falcons even at home? I could.
I project the Packers to come in 3rd in the division.
Read me now. Believe me later.
Anyone catch that epic beat down in last season’s NFCCG? Not many speak about it, if at all. A pathetic showing by a team wishing they were somewhere else and had no clue how to be competitive.
When a team plays that bad, it’s not hard to imagine them losing 6 straight NFCCG’s. But make no mistake, teams like the queens are an integral part of the NFL. Without bottom feeding loser teams like that, we wouldn’t know who the winners are.
Thank God for banners.
I saw that game…were there two teams on the field or just one? Another season without a Minnesota Superbowl, Kirk will see to that.
Long Deep Chuckle….
Joseph Bonham – you definitely are a fiction writer! You describe Barr’s hit on Rodgers as a body slam. It was a clean hit evidenced by no flags and no review by the NFL. Pack fans should know a dirty hit when they see it. Just go back and check out the Pack’s Charles Martin pick up and dump QB Jim McMahon on the turf. Now that’s a body slam! McMahon didn’t even complaint very much while your boy Rodgers whined like a baby yelling expletives and flipping the bird(s) for everyone to see. It signaled a low point in his career and was a very poor role model. Also, your photo looks very similar to John Bonham of Led Zeppelin. You should take that photo down and replace it with your own.
I “complaint” very much that you are posting on this site idiot. Proofread your swill.
Oooooo, grammatical correction! That really burns! Take that, huh?
Do you really think it will distract the readership from the excellent points he makes? Packer fan IQ says: yeah, probably.
Persnelli, I nevr make erhors in gamma.
Although i would agree about taking that photo down, it’s disrespectful using it with a like name.
John Henry “fucking” Bonham never had to pretend to be someone else.