Packers Over / Under Season Wins
The Green Bay Packers endured the nightmare of every team that rosters a franchise quarterback this past season when Aaron Rodgers went down with an injury and missed an extended period of time.
The team was able to remain in contention in a down year for the NFC North and miraculously made the postseason.
Over Under Lines
- 2013 Record: 8-7-1
- Packers Lines ov10.5 (-115)
- Packers Lines un10.5 (-115)
Despite getting to play in the postseason after an extended vacation, quarterback Aaron Rodgers will surely be extra-motivated to come up with a big year, particularly after watching Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning put together such a special season a year ago.
Many point to the team’s situation at wide receiver as a reason Rodgers won’t have an elite statistical season, though, while James Jones and Jermichael Finley may be gone, the team’s young group of wideouts look poised for a big season themselves.
Wide receiver Jordy Nelson proved last season without Rodgers that he isn’t the product of playing with an elite quarterback and his a standout pro on his own merit. Fellow wideout Randall Cobb appeared to be in line for some big things last season before going down with an injury.
The team is clearly ready to deploy him out of all kinds of different looks – he’ll have the ball in his hands a fair bit this season.
Jarrett Boykin’s is another name to know. The undrafted wide receiver has been buried on the team’s depth chart for a number of year, but with the talent in front of him moving on, he’s in the No. 3 hole and should make the most of his opportunities.
The presence of running back Eddie Lacy is what makes the Packers’ offense so special. Lacy is a legitimate threat out of the backfield, both as a runner and as a pass-catcher.
He enjoyed a fine rookie season, and with Rodgers back in the fold, Lacy should only find more lanes to exploit.
The Packers needed some help on defense, so general manager Ted Thompson went out and signed defensive end Julius Peppers away from the rival Chicago Bears. He also loosened the purse strings to bring back veterans Sam Shields and B.J. Raji.
That wasn’t all, as Thompson used the team’s first-round draft pick on Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who is expected to start from day one, providing the team a much-needed boost in the secondary.
Packers NFL Betting Prediction
The Packers are going to have another tough time eking past the Bears this season in a head-to-head divisional battle that figures to go right down to the wire. It’s all going to come down to how the Packer defense fares, because the offense will be just fine.
Defensive coordinator Dom Capers should figure things out. Let’s call it an 11-5 season for the Packers.
The play: Over 10.5
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