Green Bay Packers: Three Bold Predictions for 2018
Last year the Green Bay Packers had a season that they would surely like to forget. Aaron Rodgers after starting off the season on fire was sidelined with a broken collarbone. His backup Brett Hundley looked lost if not ill-prepared for the rest of the season which netted out with the Packers having the worst season since 2008 and missing the playoffs. However, after the dismal season, the Packers made some changes, replacing GM Ted Thompson with young gun Brian Gutekunst, firing longtime defensive coordinator Dom Capers and replacing him with Mike Pettine and bringing in Joe Philbin to run the offense.
Gutekunst, as promised, made some uncharacteristic moves in the offseason with the signings of Mohammad Wilkerson, Jimmy Graham and bringing back fan favorite Tramon Williams. We haven’t even mentioned the draft that was strong and generally graded well among the media community. With a new look defense and an offense that went back to “page 1” what will the Packers actually accomplish this coming season? Here are 3 BOLD predictions for the 2018 Green Bay Packers.
- The defense will be a Top 5 Overall defense
With the bringing in of Mike Pettine, the Packers defense will look different for all intents and purposes. It won’t be defined by a 4-3 or 3-4, Pettine plays multiple fronts and defense, and much of that will be dictated by week-to-week matchups. He is so creative that his fronts from play to play almost look like Organized Chaos, which messes with even the most season veteran quarterback. If you look back to Pettine’s Defenses going back to 2009 his defenses have finished 1st, 5th, 2nd, 9th, and 4th. So this bold prediction is going for the Top 5 Overall defense in the league, and this may not even be that bold considering what Pettine’s track record brings tot he table.
- The Rebirth of the Jimmy Graham of Yesteryear 10 TD/ 1000 Yards
Whether you like or dislike the move in signing Jimmy Graham one has to be mildly excited at the idea of the big-bodied tight end catching a long touchdown pass up the seam thrown by the man himself Aaron Rodgers. This writer never thought the move to Seattle was a good move for Graham, but coming to Green Bay now that is a very intriguing prospect, it might be just what he needs to bring back the glory he had with Drew Brees. So the bold prediction for this new Aaron Rodgers play toy is a 1000 yard season and 10 TDs.
- Superbowl Bound
The Packers should come out of the gate firing on all cylinders. Although, they the tests will come early in the season playing all of their division rivals in the first 5 weeks of the season. This will be a true test of the new and improved Packer team. With Aaron Rogers at the helm and new weapons in his arsenal, there is nothing to suggest that the Packers will be in a dogfight with the Vikings for the division. This writer predicts that they will take the division, the Packers will make a run to the NFC Championship Game where they will win. This will put them in the Super Bowl on track for their 5th Championship.
The Packers are revamped with new pieces and new coaching. Nevertheless, there is nothing to suggest that they will have anything but an excellent season. These predictions are BOLD and if all the right things happen and variables mitigated there is a reasonable chance they could all work out. Only time will tell whether I’m full of shit or a genius!
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