The Green Bay Packers are the defending North champs as they finished with a 12-4 record and made it to the NFC Title game before bowing out to Seattle. They are favored to win the NFC North again and have a posted Win Total of 11 (O -120). Vegas odds have the Packers listed at -280 to win the NFC North, +260 to win the NFC Title and +600 to win the Superbowl. The Green Bay Packers' Season Preview along with their 2015 Schedule are below.
Last year the Green Bay offense ranked 1st in scoring, at 30.4 ppg, while also ranking 6th in total yards (386.1 ypg), 8th in passing (266.3 ypg) and 11th in rushing (119.8 ypg). The Offense has not been a problem for this team since Aaron Rodgers took over at QB and I don't see it being a problem this year either, especially with all 11 starters returning from last year’s squad that led the league in scoring. Rodgers is the best QB in the league and is off his 2nd MVP campaign after throwing for 4381 yards last year with 38 TDs and just 5 INTs. Aaron will again have the luxury of throwing to Jordy Nelson and Randal Cobb, who both had 12+ TD receptions last year. The WR corps got even stronger with the addition of 3rd round pick Ty Montgomery, plus they still have last year’s rookie Davante Adams, who showed that he has all the tools to be a solid WR in this league. The running game is in very good hands, with Eddie Lacy toting the ball after he ran for 1139 yards and 9 TDs last year. James Starks is a solid backup when Lacy needs a break. The offensive line is loaded with talent and Mick McCarthy calls it the best OL he has ever coached and they better be good as protecting Aaron Rodgers is extremely important. This is the best offensive line in the league.
Defensively the Packers ranked 13th in points allowed (21.8 ppg), 15th in yards allowed (346.4 ypg), 10th vs the pass (226.4 ypg) and 23rd vs the run (119.9 ypg). The defense was very average last year and with everyone back on offense, the packers did use 3 of their first 4 draft picks to upgrade the defense. The defensive line is led by Mike Daniels, who may be a bit undersized, but his toughness and determination more than make up for it. The line will also get B.J. Raji back after he missed all of last year with a triceps injury. Still overall the line is very average at best. Last year Clay Mathews was moved to the inside midway through the season and it paid off big time as they allowed 70 yards per game less after the break. He is the clear leader of this defense and has made it to five straight Pro Bowls. Julius Peppers have found his game again as a member of the Packers, while Sam Barrington showed that he could play with the same intensity as A.J Hawk, who he replaced. The Pack added some depth with the drafting of Jake Ryan in the 4th round. He is a blue- collar player who may work his way into the starting lineup. The secondary was strong last year, but they did lose Davon House and Tramon Williams. The Pack then used their first two picks in the draft to take safety Damarious Randall and CB Quinten Rollins and both are expected to make strong contributions this year. Sam Shields does return but he need to be more consistent in pass defense, while Morgan Burnett and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, both are well above average DBs. Overall this secondary looks very good and is very deep.
The Packers are not only the team to beat in the NFC, but they also come in favored to win the Super Bowl, and with good reason. This offense that led the league in scoring last year returns intact and an outstanding WR just got a bit better with the addition of Ty Montgomery. Aaron Rodgers will have another big year, while the running game will set up behind the best OL in the league. This is an offense with very few if any weaknesses. The defense was very average last but they did upgrade it some through the draft. The defensive line is still very average, but the Pack has an excellent set of LB's, while their secondary should be better than last year. The defense also has some solid depth, especially in the secondary. Last year the Packers led the Seahawks by 16 at the half in the NFC Title game, but lost 28-22 in OT, so they have some unfinished business to take care of, but Rodgers must stay healthy for them to get back to the Super Bowl. I feel that he will and I look for the Pack to win 12 games this year and then have another big post season on their way to representing the NFC in the Super Bowl.
Info Gathered From Pro Football Weekly & Athlon Sports
2015 Green Bay Packers Schedule
Sept. 13 at Chicago Bears, 1
Sept. 20 Seattle Seahawks, 8:30
Sept. 28 Kansas City Chiefs (Mon), 8:30
Oct. 4 at San Francisco 49ers, 4:25
Oct. 11 St. Louis Rams, 1
Oct. 18 San Diego Chargers, 4:25
Oct. 25 BYE
Nov. 1 at Denver Broncos*, 8:30
Nov. 8 at Carolina Panthers, 1
Nov. 15 Detroit Lions, 1
Nov. 22 at Minnesota Vikings, 1
Nov. 26 Chicago Bears (Thu), 8:30
Dec. 3 at Detroit Lions (Thu), 8:25
Dec. 13 Dallas Cowboys, 4:25
Dec. 20 at Oakland Raiders, 4:05
Dec. 27 at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25
Jan. 3 Minnesota Vikings, 1
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Green Bay Packers: 2015 NFL Free Picks & Betting Odds
The Pack are expected to win 11 games in 2015, but pro bettors Teddy Covers and Steve Fezzik think this talented Green Bay squad is up to the challenge. Aaron Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks in the game, and with an exceptional receiving corp that includes Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and Davante Adams, this team can easily contend for the NFC title and even the Super Bowl in 2015-2016.