Team Report - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers 2012-2013 Season Odds
The Green Bay Packers were the highest scoring team in the NFL last season. That's a feat they could easily repeat with Aaron Rodgers leading an offensive overloaded with weapons.
Odds to win NFC North: -275
Regular Season Win Total: 12 (OVER+135)
Props: NFL MVP Odds Aaron Rodgers 11/2
Rodgers won the MVP last season after putting up the best numbers of his career with 4643 passing yards, 45 touchdowns and only six interceptions. The only thing Rodgers couldn't do was lead Green Bay to a second straight Super Bowl, as they fell to the Giants in the divisional round. The only worry with Rodgers is if he gets hurt, as the Packers lost backup Matt Flynn to free agency and the new No. 2 Graham Harrell has never taken an NFL snap.
The Packers had the No. 3 (307.8 yards per game) passing attack in the league last year thanks to Rodgers and his strong group of receivers. Jordy Nelson had a massive breakout campaign last year with 1263 yards and 15 touchdowns which helped take the pressure off injuries to Greg Jennings and a sub-par season from tight end Jermichael Finley. Expect better from both Jennings and Finley as long as they stay healthy and watch sleeper Randall Cobb who could quickly rise up the depth chart.
While the Packers passing game is as lethal as it gets, their run game was non-existent most of last season. Green Bay had the No. 27 run game in the NFL last season and with James Stark still their starter they may not chance this season.
The only thing more disappointing than the Green Bay run game last season was their deplorable defense. In 2010 the Packers boasted the fifth best defense, allowing 309.1 yards per game. Last season they plummeted to 32nd, which is dead last in the NFL, after giving up 411.6 yards per game. Even if the Packers remain one of the top offenses again this year, the defense must show improvement to get Green Bay back to the Super Bowl.
Odds to win NFC North at Bovada as of August 20
Green Bay Packers -275
Chicago Bears +350
Detroit Lions +450
Minnesota Vikings +3500
2012 Green Bay Packers Schedule (All Times Eastern)
01 Sep 9 SF @ GB (Lambeau Field 4:25pm FOX)
02 Sep 13 CHI @ GB (Lambeau Field 8:20pm NFL)
03 Sep 24 GB @ SEA (Qwest Field 8:30pm ESPN)
04 Sep 30 NO @ GB (Lambeau Field 4:25pm FOX)
05 Oct 7 GB @ IND (Lucas Oil Stadium 1:00pm FOX)
06 Oct 14 GB @ HOU (Reliant Stadium 8:20pm NBC)
07 Oct 21 GB @ STL (Edward Jones Dome 1:00pm FOX)
08 Oct 28 JAC @ GB (Lambeau Field 1:00pm CBS)
09 Nov 4 ARI @ GB (Lambeau Field 1:00pm FOX)
11 Nov 18 GB @ DET (Ford Field 1:00pm FOX)
12 Nov 25 GB @ NYG (New Meadowlands Stadium 8:20pm NBC)
13 Dec 2 MIN @ GB (Lambeau Field 1:00pm FOX)
14 Dec 9 DET @ GB (Lambeau Field 8:20pm NBC)
15 Dec 16 GB @ CHI (Soldier Field 1:00pm FOX)
16 Dec 23 TEN @ GB (Lambeau Field (1:00pm CBS)
17 Dec 30 GB @ MIN (Mall of America Field 1:00pm FOX)
Green Bay Packers 2011-2012 Season Odds Preview
Last season, the Green Bay Packers survived a slew of injuries to key players and won the Super Bowl after making the playoffs as a Wild Card.
Returning most of the key members of last season’s Super Bowl squad, the Packers enter the season not only as the favorite to win the NFC North, but as one of the top favorites to win the Super Bowl as well.
Odds to Win NFC North: -220
Regular Season Win Total: Over 11.5 (+115)
Props: MVP Odds Aaron Rodgers 11/2
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Green Bay had a very quiet offseason, opting to stick with the same team that got the job done in 2010. With almost all of their other key players still under contract, the Packers re-signed linebacker A.J. Hawk, fullback John Kuhn, and kicker Mason Crosby.
The only significant loss for the Packers was defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, but considering he missed the final four games of the regular season and wasn’t much of a factor in the playoffs, they can clearly survive without him. Linebacker Clay Matthews and cornerback Charles Woodson will once again lead a great defensive unit that finished fifth in the NFL in total defense last season and second in scoring defense.
Super Bowl MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers continued to cement his status among the league’s elite last season with 3,922 passing yards and 28 passing touchdowns in spite of a lack of a reliable running game to keep defenses honest. This season, the offense should be even better.
In 2010, star running back Ryan Grant was lost for the season in the first game of the year. Pass-catching tight end Jermichael Finley was lost for the season in the fifth game of the year. Both return healthy this season, giving Rodgers more weapons to work with.
The NFC North is never an easy division, especially now with Detroit on the rise. But if the Packers can avoid the injury bug this season, they’ll be tough to top for the division crown.
Week 1: vs. New Orleans
NFC North Odds at Bodog as of August 22:
Green Bay Packers -220
Detroit Lions +450
Chicago Bears +500
Minnesota Vikings +1000
2011 Green Bay Packers Schedule (All times Eastern)
01 Sep 08 NO @ GB (Lambeau Field 8:30pm NBC)
02 Sep 18 GB @ CAR (Bank of America Stadium 1:00 PM FOX)
03 Sep 25 GB @ CHI (Soldier Field 4:15pm FOX)
04 Oct 02 DEN @ GB (Lambeau Field 4:15pm CBS)
05 Oct 09 GB @ ATL (Georgia Dome 8:20pm NBC)
06 Oct 16 STL @ GB (Lambeau Field 1:00pm FOX)
07 Oct 23 GB @ MIN (Mall of America Field 4:15pm FOX)
09 Nov 06 GB @ SD (Qualcomm Stadium 4:15pm FOX)
10 Nov 14 MIN @ GB (Lambeau Field 8:30pm ESPN)
11 Nov 20 TB @ GB (Lambeau Field 1:00pm FOX)
12 Nov 24 GB @ DET (Ford Field 12:30pm FOX)
13 Dec 04 GB @ NYG (New Meadowlands Stadium 4:15pm FOX)
14 Dec 11 OAK @ GB (Lambeau Field 1:00pm CBS)
15 Dec 18 GB @ KC (Arrowhead Stadium 1:00pm FOX)
16 Dec 25 CHI @ GB (Lambeau Field 8:20pm NBC)
17 Jan 01 DET @ GB (Lambeau Field 1:00pm FOX)