Packers 2020 Season Preview
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This past Thursday all eyes were on the defending champs take on the Houston Texans, but come this afternoon all of Green Bay will be tuned into the first game of the Packers season. Last year they were one game away from the Super Bowl but were decimated by the Niners, but it’s a new year and with that comes new expectations. Let’s dive in shall we.
The big question this year is can the Packers make the Superbowl? Just judging by their schedule it will be a rougher ride than last season. The Packers toughest games are against the retooled Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers and Drew Brees' New Orleans Saints. It will be difficult for Green Bay to gain a positive result from those matchups but they should make it up through their divisional games.
The Packers run game looks to be more dynamic than ever. While Rodgers is the catalyst, Aaron Jones has become the team's deadliest weapon. Jones was tied for the most rushing TD's last season, and ran for over 1000 yards, becoming the first Packer running back in 5 seasons to do so. If he stays healthy and in shape he could be one of the best running backs in the game once again this season, even if A.J Dillon and Jamal Williams get work as well.
The Packers still need receivers though, that goes without saying. Devante Adams, without a doubt, is a top 5 receiver in the game but has zero help around him. Marquez Valdes-Scantling looks lackluster, Lazard could be a solid 3rd and 4th receiver but his ceiling doesn't look to be much higher, and while signing Funchess was a good move he opted out. So Rodgers and Adams will have to carry a lot of weight once again.
To make matters worse, the Packers missed out on a strong draft class of receivers in order to choose a Quarterback in the first round. Rodgers has been nothing but class since Love’s arrival to the team, but this might be another frustrating season for Rodgers passing the ball. It's becoming clear that 2020 is going to be one of the most challenging seasons of Mr, Rodgers career.
The Packers defence proved to be quite fierce in 2019 as Za'Darius and Preston Smith combined for almost 26 sacks, the most of any duo in the league. No question the emergence of Jaire Alexander and Kevin King helped the Packers pass defence create some plays as well. The Packers finally have a strong cohesive unit in their secondary which hasn't been seen since their last Superbowl win. The defence should be a strong point once again for this team.
Green Bay should be looking at a playoff berth by season's end. Can they match their 13-3 record from last season? I don't think they can, but 11-5 doesn't seem too shabby. The Packers should be able to clinch another NFC North title despite having some questions offensively. Overall, the Packers will look to take a shot at the Lombardi Trophy in a competitive NFC that now includes Tom Brady.