The Green Bay Packers will be fun to watch this season
The Green Bay Packers should have high hopes for a Super Bowl running heading into the 2022 NFL season. NFL executives feel similarly. The Packers have looked so close to making it in their previous three seasons. With Aaron Rodgers turning 39 years old this season, the Packers will want to get all they can out of him while he’s playing at an MVP level.
The Packers have a lot of things going for them this season. The defense is predominantly what the Packers have improved on. Rodgers has said that he thinks the defense is one of the best since he’s been on the team. That will help to provide a buffer while the offense figures things out with a much different and youthful wide receiving corps post-Davante Adams.
NFL Executives place the Packers high on their list
Mike Sando of The Athletic wrote an article where five NFL executives ranked teams in the NFC. By the median vote, the Packers were ranked as the NFC’s second-best team (behind the Los Angeles Rams). They received one first-place vote. Here’s what the executives had to say about the Packers:
The Packers will find out how much replacing Davante Adams with a mix of decent veterans and unproven rookies hurts them — not for any single game, which can be mitigated, but over the course of a full season.
“I love their running backs, and they have good O-line depth, which gave them the luxury of trading one of their guys (Cole Van Lanen) to Jacksonville,” one voter said. “They have good core pieces. There is an opportunity for them. But I think a lot of it is the receiving corps is really young and unproven. And then I have questions for them at safety.”
Everyone expects the Packers to be good. The question is whether they’re win-it-all good.
“I do think having a ‘blue’ wide receiver is important,” another voter said. “The only ones who could do it would be one of the rookies, and I don’t think it’s the fourth-rounder (Romeo Doubs). Can it be the second-rounder out of North Dakota State (Christian Watson, who has been sidelined)? I don’t know.”
The Green Bay Packers can take the next step
The Packers have enough talent on this team to beat the Rams. Throughout 17 games, Rodgers will become more comfortable with his receivers. And those young wide receivers will get a lot better come playoff time. This team has the intangible you’d want for a playoff run.
The Packers have solid running backs in Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillion. They are going to be helpful in the passing and rushing attack. Coupled with an excellent defense, the Packers will be a serious Super Bowl contender. Their easy division should allow the Packers to win enough games to get a home-field advantage in the playoffs. The warm-blooded Rams will have trouble shivering in the cold at Lambeau Field in late January.
If the Green Bay Packers can stave off the injury bug, there’s no reason why they can move up one more ranking from this executives list.