Green Bay Season Preview
It appears this will be Aaron Rodgers‘ last dance with the Green Bay Packers. After a drama-filled offseason in which Rodgers let it be very clear he didn’t want to come back unless his voice was heard in the front office. After making adjustments to Rodgers’ contract, both parties came to an agreement to allow the three-time MVP to request a trade after the 2021 season. The Packers who have lost back-to-back NFC Championship games will line up with largely the same group from the 2020 season and try to run it back one last time with Rodgers at the helm with the addition of Randall Cobb to win one last Super Bowl for the Green Bay Packers
Best Position Group
The Packers may have lost All-Pro center Corey Linsley to free agency, but this is still is a very talented offensive line. The Packers ranked first in both pass blocking and run blocking win rates last season. Although, Linsley did play a role in that so did Pro Bowler guard Elgton Jenkins, and All-Pro tackle David Bakhtiari. It is very possible the starting five could look quite similar production-wise from last season. With second-round Josh Myers replacing Linsley, the Packers will have depth along the offensive line. With Bakhtiari scheduled to miss the beginning of the season on IR, this group does take a hit, however.
Worst Position Group
The Packers are already thin at the inside linebacker position coming after the shocking release of Kamal Martin, who logged 20 total tackles and a sack during his rookie season. That leaves De’Vondre Campbell and Krys Barnes who have a history of getting injured. That will leave the Packers with just Oren Burks as depth, and he too has an extensive injury history and a few years of sub-par play. Burks usually performs at the start of the season but the major concern is if he can remain sustainable or not.
That will leave Isaiah Mcduffie, Ray Wilborn (who has seen limited time as a Packer), and Ty Summers who has solely been on the practice squad. It’s easy to diagnose that this inside linebacker group could be suspect early on and moving forward if there isn’t a veteran signing at some point before the deadline.
Suprise Star Player
Despite the Packers re-signing Aaron Jones in the offseason as they should have, Aj Dillon will have a much larger role going into this second year this season. Dillon rushed for 242 yards on 46 attempts, although you might think that is low, he averaged 5.3 yards per carry with two rushing touchdowns. His best game was late in the season, two days after Christmas to be exact when Dillon scored his two touchdowns and racked up 124 yards rushing on 21 carries in week 16 versus the Tennessee Titans.
Coach Matt LaFleur has stated and showed numerous times he likes to keep two fresh backs each week. That means the backup running back will get tons of reps in each game. Dillon has not only power but he also has exceptional agility, speed, and soft hands coming out of the backfield. Do not be surprised with Dillon get at least 7 touchdowns and over 600 yards rushing this season.
Record and Playoff Prediction
The Packers come into the 2021 season with the 14th ranked schedule in projected difficulty. They will have five primetime games including matchups with the Detriot Lions, San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals, and the Chicago Bears.
In the division, it seems like the Packers’ for the taking. It’s obvious the Lions are in rebuild mode with first-year ex-player/Head Coach Dan Campbell. All signs lead to them having a losing season once again. The Bears are going to start off the season with Andy Dalton and letting Justin Fields sit and learn at the moment. He will have to come out hot in the first series or the crowd will get involved and will force the organization to start Fields and possibly play him too early in his rookie season. Then you have the Vikings with a head coach and QB1 not getting along because of the covid vaccinations rules. With all that said, the Packers will win the division and go 13-4
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