Since Aaron Rodgers has been under center the Packers have been among the favorites to win the Super Bowl, and 2022 is no exception, according to Pro Football Focus. With training camp looming, the Packers are among the top five rosters according to PFF and fourth-best odds to win it all according to SI Sportsbook.
For once, however, the Packers will have a top-notch defense to go along with a high-powered offensive attack. In fact, the Packers’ depth chart is stacked with upper-echelon players across the board.
The Packers’ defense opened eyes nationwide based on last year’s playoff effort against the San Francisco 49ers. The addition of draft picks Quay Walker and Devontae Wyatt — as well as keeping De’Vondre Campbell and Rasul Douglas further solidified the defense.
After the performance against the 49ers, it’s easy to forget that the Packers were miserable defensively over the last part of the 2021 season, ranked 28th in points allowed, 32nd in touchdown passes, 28th in yards allowed, and 24th in total defense during that stretch. Therefore, the Packers must live up to the hype generated since the 49ers game.
With Davante Adams now playing in Las Vegas, their most glaring weakness is wide receiver. There is a solid core that Rodgers has faith in with Allen Lazard and Sammy Watkins. The addition of three draft picks should also help, but it will take a group effort to overcome the trade of Adams.
Perhaps the biggest key to the success of the offense is the play up front. This hinges on the health Elgton Jenkins and David Bakhtiari. Jenkins was a Pro Bowler in 2020 and is coming off an ACL tear. Bakhtiari injured his left knee in back-to-back seasons. The bigger concern is surrounding Jenkins, as to when he’ll return. He’s extremely versatile and chances are good that he’ll end up at right tackle.