Green Bay Packers- The Packers were 15-1 in the regular season last season, but they lost at home to the eventual Super Bowl Champion, NY Giants in the Divisional round of the playoffs. Green Bay will look to rebound from that playoff loss, and return to the Super Bowl this season.
In order to do so, the Packers will need to shore up their pass defense. Green Bay finished last season ranked dead last in defending the pass. The Packers lacked a consistent pass rush for most of the season, which was the biggest factor in their poor pass defense. Green Bay hopes to have shored up their pass rush with the addition of first round pick DE, Nick Perry. A pass rushing specialist from USC.
Of course, the Packers went 15-1 last season because of their potent offense. The Packers have the best quarterback in the NFL in Aaron Rodgers, one of the deepest wide-receiver groups and a solid offensive line. Green Bay finished last season with the third ranked passing offense. QB, Aaron Rodgers won the NFL MVP last season, while producing one of the best statistical seasons in QB history in the process.
The biggest addition to the Green Bay offense this past off-season was center Jeff Saturday. Saturday, should be a good fit in Green Bay's offense. Considering, Green Bay runs a lot of no-huddle, and Saturday was the center for the Indianapolis Colts. A team that happened to run a ton of no-huddle when Peyton Manning was their QB.
The Packers return the majority of their team from last season minus veterans Chad Clifton and Nick Collins, who were both released in the off-season. Green Bay is head and shoulders above the other NFC North teams. The regular season should be seen as just a stepping stone to a higher goal for this team. The Packers can go 16-0 and it won't matter unless they win the Super Bowl. Anything less than a Super Bowl, and this season will be viewed as a failure.
Aaron Rodgers- He will be asked to carry the Packers offense, once again. He led the team in both passing yards and rushing yards last season. And will probably have to do so again. As the Packers, rarely run the ball. And are mediocre when they do.
Nick Perry: Perry, a rookie, will be asked to provide a consistent pass rush on the opposite side of Clay Matthews. If he can he accomplish this goal, he will lessen the load on Matthew's. As stated above, the Packers need an upgrade to their pass rush, and he is the best bet to provide it.
Predicted Finish: 12-4 1st Place NFC North Division