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It’s safe to say that the Green Bay Packers are extremely reliant on quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Last season Green Bay was 5-2 heading into a Week 8 matchup against Chicago in which Rodgers broke his collarbone.

With Rodgers sidelined the Packers were 2-4-1 in their next seven games and only slipped into the playoffs after a Week 17 win over Chicago in which Rodgers finally returned. Before missing more than half of last season Rodgers had only sat out two games in the previous five seasons, so he has avoided injury for most of his career so far. Packers fans better hope last year remains an anomaly.

Green Bay Packers Odds to Win NFC North: -110 at Bovada
Green Bay Packers Odds to Win Super Bowl: 10/1 at Bovada
Green Bay Packers Regular Season Win Total: 5 at Bovada
Green Bay Packers Betting Props: Aaron Rodgers to Win NFL MVP 6/1 at Bovada

Even with Rodgers down and out most of the season Green Bay still boasted the third ranked offense in the league. With the weapons Rodgers has around him that shouldn’t be a big surprise. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are a top notch receiving duo. James Jones left via free agency, but Jarrett Boykins could easily supplant him after coming out of nowhere last season.

The Packers' biggest improvement on offense last season was the run game. The Packers drafted Eddie Lacy in the second round and he was an immediate success, rushing for 1178 yards and 11 touchdowns. Not bad for a rookie who only had 15 carries in his first two games.

On defense the Packers surprised in the offseason by signing Julius Peppers. He may not put the fear into quarterbacks the way he used to but if he still has a little left in the tank he’ll make for a lethal combination alongside Clay Matthews and A.J. Hawk.

Peppers may be the big name addition to the Packers' defense, but the one to watch this season may be safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. And not just because of his name. The Packers drafted Clinton-Dix in the first round and most experts considered him to be the best safety, if not the best secondary player, available. If he lives up to expectations he’ll be a major addition to the Packers’ defense.

Despite Rodgers' shortened season Green Bay wasn’t as unkind to bettors as you might think at 7-9-1 ATS. As the underdog they were not worth the risk, though, at 1-5-1 ATS.

NFC North Odds at Bovada as of August 5

Green Bay Packers -110
Chicago Bears +250
Detroit Lions +400
Minnesota Vikings +1000

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The Green Bay Packers shook off a slow start to finish last season with an 11-5 SU and 9-7 ATS record, which was good enough to win the team its second straight NFC North title. Aaron Rodgers will try to guide the team to another NFC North title and a deep playoff run this year.

Odds to Win NFC North: -160 at Bovada
Regular Season Win Total: 10.5 at Bovada
Betting Props: Aaron Rodgers to win NFL MVP (13/2) at Bovada

Green Bay got off to a slow start out of the gate, going 2-3 SU and 1-4 ATS through its first five games that included the infamous loss to Seattle in which the replacement refs blew the call on what should have been a game-ending interception. The Packers persevered however, going 9-2 SU and 8-3 ATS over their last 11 regular season games.

Aaron Rodgers lost two wideouts this offseason in Greg Jennings and Donald Driver, but no one is concerned about the offense. Rodgers is an elite quarterback that makes his teammates around him better, and leading receivers Randall Cobb and James Jones both return. Green Bay finished 20th in rushing last season with 106.4 yards per game, and looked to fix that problem through the draft by drafting a pair of talented young backs in Eddie Lacy and Jonathan Franklin. If either (or both) can spark the running game, it should make the passing game even more dangerous.

Green Bay finished 11th in the league on defense in both total yardage surrendered with 336.8 yards per game and points allowed with 21 per game. The Packers spent their first round pick on defensive end Datone Jones to help bolster the defensive line. While Green Bay’s defense is good enough to win on a week-to-week basis, last year’s disastrous performance against Colin Kaepernick in the postseason will need to be remedied with so many talented read-option quarterbacks in the NFC.

The Packers shed some salary on both sides of the ball to make room for Aaron Rodgers’ massive new contract. But while there will be some new faces, the Packers are deep and talented enough to keep playing at an elite level.

NFC North Odds at Bovada as of August 4
Green Bay Packers -160
Chicago Bears +350
Detroit Lions +500
Minnesota Vikings +600