Review—this is the Packers offense many of us have been expecting. However, it took a coaching change, the season being a complete failure, solid December weather, and an awful Jets team to get it…the sad part is it’s better than being shut down by said team.
Rodgers was productive, but still showed carelessness/laziness at times—all that matters is production, and he produced 44 points. It’s no doubt that Davante Adams is a stud, no need to elaborate. The rookie WRs need more snaps. Been clamoring for this for a while, but J’Mon Moore (#82), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (#83), and Equanimeous St. Brown (#19), along with Jake Kumerow (#16) should get all of the playing time possible with Rodgers. They each bring something to the table and the Packers need at least 2 of those guys to be solid if they plan on doing anything moving forward.
The defense…well, the top 3 defensive linemen were out (Clark, Daniels, and Wilkerson) and who knows if Wilkerson will return next year, but he could add depth. To borrow my cousin’s phrase, the safeties are just a bunch of Slugs, and it’s very apparent Josh Jones continues to need snaps as he can only improve while having a ton of physical talent.
Preview—Detroit and Green Bay are locked in their respective positions as far as division goes. The Lions will finish last (4th) while the Packers will finish 3rd. Which means Green Bay will face the NFC South 3rd place finisher (Carolina, Atlanta, or Tampa Bay) at home, and the NFC West 3rd place finisher on the road (San Francisco or Arizona). Along with that, the Packers are locked into drafting anywhere from 10th to 17th. Keep in mind the Packers hold New Orleans’ 1st round pick, which is no worse than 26th, or better if you look at it like that. So the Packers will have 2 picks, first from 10th-17th, and their 2nd anywhere between 26th-32nd in the first round in April’s draft.
As for the Lions, they bring the 26th ranked offense (19.5 points/game) and the 19th ranked defense (24.0 points/game). The Packers matchup fairly well, especially coming off a 44-point performance vs another bad team. The Packers rank 12th and 22nd, respectively and will look to add to those totals and likely increase their offensive output, while likely worsening their defensive rank.
Overall—there will be a season recap later, however for what it’s worth there’s a winner of this game that needs picking, or at least hopefully.
43-24 overall record. Likely moving to 44-24…interesting offseason, that’s certain.