The Green Bay Packers embarked on the 2022 NFL season as one of the bookmakers’ favorites to contest the Super Bowl in February.
The Packers last won the championship in 2010 and have since been frustrated in their efforts to add another title to their tally.
NFL 2022: Are the Packers Set to Dominate the NFC North Again?
Before the Packers can think about winning the Super Bowl, they must concentrate on claiming top spot in NFC North. We assess how the four teams stack up against each other.
Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers against the NFC North over the last 2 seasons:
• 36 TDs
• 0 INTs
Nobody owns their division the way Rodgers does. pic.twitter.com/ZZVQ9VI4xN
— Eli Berkovits (@BookOfEli_NFL) January 3, 2022
The Packers were beaten 23-7 by Minnesota Vikings in their first game, but have since bounced back to defeat the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers remains one of the best in the business and he will be eager to add another championship to his CV.
The Packers have gone 13-3, 13-3, and 13-4 in the last three seasons in NFC North – it would be no surprise to see them record similar numbers this term.
The Vikings’ victory over the Packers highlighted that it is foolish to underestimate their chances of winning the division this season.
However, they will need to address their lack of consistency if they are to have any chance of knocking their rivals off their perch.
Their defensive unit looked particularly vulnerable against the Lions and things will need to improve if they are to challenge the Packers.
The Bears have had a tough time of things in recent years, progressing to the Wild Card playoff round just twice in the past 11 seasons.
A 2-1 start to the new campaign has sparked talk that the Bears could force their way into play-off contention this time around.
They kick off October with a trip to face the New York Giants, before playing a run of games against teams with significant injury or tactical issues.
If they can get to the halfway point of the season with a winning record, do not rule out the Bears keeping themselves in play-off contention thereafter.
The Lions have finished bottom of NFC North in each of the last four seasons and look a good bet to collect the wooden spoon again this term.
They have lost two out of three games at the start of the campaign and have a tricky-looking schedule to come over the next few weeks.
Bad calls by Lions’ head coach Dan Campbell cost them dearly against the Vikings and his position could come under threat over the coming months.