After a devastating knee injury to Teddy Bridgewater, Green Bay just became huge favorites to win the NFC North. According to ESPN, their odds increased from 55% to 65%. The season hasn’t even started and they have an 80% chance to make the playoffs. I don’t like to rely on statistical predictions(because they’re all bogus), but 80% is pretty convincing.
Fortunately, this season we get to play the AFC South…
and the NFC East…
So not only do the Packers get to play a Vikings team without a QB, a Megatron-less Lions, and an abomination of a football team called the Chicago Bears, we get to play 8 average to below average teams…
Even though the Packers are the favorites in every game, depending on any serious injuries, I think they go 11-5 or 12-4.
I’m not going to be a football purist and say the easy schedule is bad for Green Bay because they aren’t playing any good competition because in reality I think that theory is garbage. For kids at a younger age, yes, it makes sense, but when you’re a professional athlete you’re one of the best athletes in the world, you know what you have to do to win, and with Rodgers, Cobb, Nelson, and Lacy running the offense, and Matthews and Peppers leading the charge on D, any game is a winnable one.
ESPN gives the Packers a 22% chance to make the Super Bowl, and an 11% chance to win it. Again, I’m not big on statistical predictions, but I’d rather have the odds in my favor rather than strongly against.
If Aaron Rodgers wants to become the greatest QB of all time, he needs at least two more Super Bowls. He’s 32 years old, he has his team back, and this year’s schedule gives him the chance to win a lot, get that first round bye to stay healthy and win two games to get to the Super Bowl.
If any year is the year, this is the one.