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Nover: Green Bay Will Win Super Boxl LI

Now that we already know who is going to win Super Bowl 50 - judging at least by all the early steam on the Carolina Panthers - who is going to win Super Bowl LI next season?

The Green Bay Packers. I've seen them at odds of 12/1. Before rolling your eyes, consider that the Packers were co-favorites with New England to win this season's Super Bowl.

The Packers retain their Super Bowl level talent. They have arguably the finest quarterback in Aaron Rodgers, a strong defense populated with four outstanding players - Clay Matthews, Mike Daniels, Sam Shields and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - a top offensive line, a potential top-five running back in Eddie Lacy and an excellent kicker.

So what went wrong for the Packers, who gave up their stranglehold on NFC North Division titles and lost in the playoffs to Arizona?

The answer is a tough schedule and nothing that can't and will get fixed. Throw in the league's easiest schedule based on 2015 results and the Packers are prime contenders to get back to the Super Bowl for the first time since winning it in 2010. Even with their disappointing season, the Packers covered 11 of their 18 games, including both playoff matchups.

Rodgers Excellent, Rest of Team Underrated

Rodgers still put up excellent numbers with a 31-to-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio and more than 3,800 yards passing. The rest of the Packers' personnel is underrated. The team does not have a major weakness and Jordy Nelson is returning.

Mike McCarthy is a better than average head coach. But he had a down coaching season. He overreacted to the Packers choking away the 2014 championship game to Seattle by making unnecessary coaching shifts. That won't happen in 2016.

Packers general manager Ted Thompson had a bad year, too, because he just sat on his hands failing to help his roster with veteran reinforcements when there were injuries in the offensive line, wide receiver and linebacker.

McCarthy is smart enough to learn from his mistakes. Thompson knows he needs to be more proactive. He can start by getting Rodgers a much-needed tight end with speed.

It's rare to find a team with this talent level getting double-digit odds to win the Super Bowl.

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