2017 Packers Season Preview & NFL Futures Lines
Looking for 2017 Green Bay Packers predictions? We’ve got your back. The Green Bay Packers continue to go as far as Aaron Rodgers will take them. The last time they were on the field, Rodgers did all he could against an Atlanta Falcons defense that eliminated Green Bay’s running game and was bringing pressure against the Packers’ injury-depleted offensive line on just about every play.
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The result of that contest was a 44-21 win for the Falcons, pushing them through to Super Bowl LI. It saw the Packers’ playoff streak, which began in 2009, extend through another season, but it also saw the most exciting quarterback in football’s season end early once again.
With the best thrower of the football in the NFL today – and maybe ever – the front office continues to lean on Rodgers’ arm without going into the free agency market to help bring in reinforcements, so another early playoff exit seems inevitable – unless Rodgers can will them to victory one more time.
2017 Green Bay Packers Predictions: Roster Changes
Two key areas the Falcons were really able to exploit in the Georgia Dome in the NFC Championship Game were the Packers’ running game and offensive line, which tie together, and the front office did little to address those issues.
It’s mostly status quo at running back with Ty Montgomery being named the starter entering camp, and a long list of rookie rushers lining up behind him, headlined by fourth round pick Jamaal Williams out of BYU.
Eddie Lacy and James Starks were both permitted to walk via free agency.
For the second consecutive year the team let a key member of the offensive line leave town and go to a division rival. Last year it was guard Josh Sitton signing with the Chicago Bears, and this year it was guard T.J. Lang signing with the Detroit Lions.
They also didn’t re-sign center J.C. Tretter, who got a big money deal to go to the Cleveland Browns. Jahri Evans was brought in on a free agent deal, but he’s a shadow of his former self from his glory days in New Orleans.
The big offseason signing though was tight end Martellus Bennett, who’s coming off a bounce-back year with the New England Patriots. He’ll take over for the recently departed Jared Cook, who worked out well as a free agent signing himself a year ago.
A pair of veterans were lost on the defensive side of the ball in Sam Shields and Julius Peppers.
2017 Green Bay Packers Predictions: Offense
No quarterback in the league holds the ball as long as Aaron Rodgers, so the team’s neglect of its offensive line has many scratching their heads.
David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga form one of the best offensive tackle combos in the NFL, but that interior offensive line that was abused by the Falcons in the NFC title game remains a big question mark.
Rodgers should develop a quick rapport with Bennett, who joins the likes of Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and Davante Adams in what could be one of the more talented receiving corps Rodgers has had the privilege of throwing the ball to.
Montgomery transitioned well to the running back position a year ago, but having the backfield all to himself will be a whole different animal.
2017 Green Bay Packers Predictions: Defense
Green Bay’s identity is its offense, so the team went out and exhausted most of its draft picks on the defensive side of the ball to help out a unit that ranked 31st against the pass last season. The Packer defense will be younger and more athletic this season.
2017 Green Bay Packers Handicapping: (Strengths/Weaknesses)
Green Bay’s passing attack can change the complexion of a game in an instant. Rodgers’ arm gives the team a chance to score on every snap.
Rodgers does a great job of scrambling and extending plays, but it’s tough to overlook the hits the team’s interior offensive line has taken in recent years.
2017 Green Bay Packers Prediction (Final Record): 11-5
So much of analyzing the Packers is just nit picking, as Rodgers’ abilities can glaze over so many other deficiencies. This roster projects to be better than the one that went 10-6 and advanced to the NFC Championship Game a year ago.
It’s tough to imagine that interior offensive line not breaking down at some point during the postseason, but another NFC North title should be a breeze.
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