The Green Bay Packers came within five minutes of playing for a Super Bowl Championship last season. Holding a 19-7 lead with just under five minutes to play in the NFC Championship game, Green Bay watched as Seattle found a way to win, a 28-22 victory that sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl for the second consecutive season. The Packers are itching to get back to work to have another shot at a Super Bowl. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was the league’s MVP last year after throwing for 4,381 yards, 38 touchdowns, and just five interceptions. His entire offense returns intact. All five starting offensive lineman – the unit started 17 of 18 games last year – return to lead a run game featuring third-year pro Eddie Lacy who has rushed for 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons.
Wide receiver Jordy Nelson is also back after breaking the franchise record for receiving yards in a season (1,519). Nelson pairs with Randall Cobb (91 rec., 1.287 yds., 12 TDs) to give Green Bay one of the most dangerous receiving tandems in the NFL. As you can imagine with such a potent offense, the Green Bay Packers are listed at the top of Vegas sportsbooks as +600 favorites in Super Bowl predictions to win the title, +325 to win the NFC Conference and -300 in NFL odds to win the NFC North division over the Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears. Green Bay drafted heavily on defense to try and improve a unit that was 15th in total defense last year.
The Packers were last in rushing defense until head coach Mike McCarthy and defensive coordinator Dom Capers decided to move All-Pro OLB Clay Matthews inside. Green Bay drafted Michigan linebacker Jake Ryan to assist in the run game and free up Matthews. They also picked up CB Damarious Randall out of Arizona State in the first round. The Packers last played for a Super Bowl in 2010 (they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers) and have won the division every year since, winning the 2015 NFC North title should be no different. With the league’s top scoring offense returning, it is likely that Green Bay will win yet another division title and head to the postseason for the seventh year in a row. In fact, the regular season win total for the Packers has been listed at 11 OVER (-125).
Packers Update (9/8/15): Green Bay are now +550 favorites in Super Bowl predictions, +325 to win the NFC Conference and -220 to win the NFC North.