As you can see below, Green Bay is a rather overwhelming choice to win this division for those making NFL predictions. Minnesota and Detroit both have very visible flaws and Chicago, well, it is going to be awhile before we hear from them.
Having been to and winning just one Super Bowl, the sense in Cheese-Head land is they better start using every opportunity to reach for the big game with Aaron Rodgers now at 33. Minnesota is writing off last year as “one of those things” and Detroit feels as long as they have Matthew Stafford, they have a shot at winning the division.
Here is our preseason preview and all the NFL odds listed are courtesy of Bookmaker.
After a mysterious first half by Rodgers, once again he spoke up, rallied the troops and the Packers ended up in the NFC title game. Offensively, Green Bay should be similar to the team we saw in the second half of the year, which was extremely diversified. The only real concern is the offensive line in terms of cohesiveness and depth. GM Ted Thompson went all in on defensive draft choices, trying to shore up 30th ranked pass defense with secondary help and attempting to put together more effective pass rush. Rodgers is going to Hall of Fame, but the next two years will determine if it is with one Super Bowl ring or two.
Odds to Win the Division (as of 8/2)
Green Bay -250
Having to scramble to trade for Sam Bradford as the season began, in retrospect, the Minnesota offense never had a chance. It did not help that Bradford had no running game thanks to a dozen different Vikings playing in the offensive line due to injury. With a healthy O-Line, a couple of rookies expected to contribute and Bradford now comfortable, this offense should improve. The defense was tremendous to start last year, but wore down with no offensive help. Not being on the field will be big help coach Mike Zimmer’s defense, making the Vikings a decent wager on OVER for win total.