2022 Green Bay Packers Predictions with Odds to Win Super Bowl
The Green Bay Packers finished the 2021 season with a 13-4 record and earned the top seed in the NFC heading into the playoffs. They were ultimately sent home by the San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional Round following their first-round bye. It was a rocky season, including drama with Aaron Rodgers and Covid, but the team performed on the field. Even with all the drama, Rodgers secured his third career and second-straight NFL MVP. Despite the speculation it might be his final year with the Packers, Rodgers inked a 3-year $150 million deal to stay with the organization. As long as he remains with the Packers, the organization will continue to be in the hunt for a title, so that is not expected to change this year.
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The Packers will begin the season on the road facing off against the Minnesota Vikings. They will return home to face the Chicago Bears before traveling to Tampa Bay for another matchup with Tom Brady. Green Bay will return home to face off against the New England Patriots before traveling to England for an early morning matchup with the New York Giants. They will then play the Jets back at home in Week 6. The Packers will then travel for three straight road games against the Commanders, Bills, and Lions. Green Bay will return home for back-to-back home games against the Cowboys and Titans. The matchup against the Titans will be a Thursday night game. They will then travel to Philadelphia for a matchup with the Eagles and then prepare for a divisional matchup against the Bears at Soldier Field. The Packers have a late bye week during Week 14. Following the bye, the Packers will take on the Dolphins in Miami. Their final two games will take place at home against two divisional rivals in the Vikings and Lions.
The Packers are +1000 to win the Super Bowl this year, which is tied for the third-shortest odds in the NFL. The have the second-shortest odds to win the NFC at +450. The Packers are the favorite to win the NFC North Division at -175 and are -500 to make the playoffs. Their season wins over/under is set at 11.
Key Players: Aaron Rodgers, Allen Lazard
The biggest news this offseason is the departure of DeVante Adams. The standout wide receiver was traded to the Raiders in exchange for a 2022 first- and second-round pick. This is a major hit to the Packers offense as Adams has had over 1,300 yards receiving in three of the last four seasons. Marquez Valdes-Scantling also elected to leave this offseason and sign with the Chiefs. Green Pay will be looking for Allen Lazard, Sammy Watkins, and Christian Watson to step up in the superstar’s absence.
Rodgers had just 4 interceptions last season and helped lead the Packers to the least amount of turnovers in the NFL. The Packers ranked 8th in the NFL in passing yards and 4th in passing interceptions. The offense was also first in time of possession as Rodgers masterfully manipulated the games. Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon split carries at running back, and both ran for roughly 800 yards last season.
Key Players: Preston Smith, De’Vondre Campbell
The Packers also have rounded out a fairly impressive defensive unit. They were led in tackles by De’Vondre Campbell, who raked up 146 combo tackles and 102 solo tackles, which earned him Pro Bowl honors for the first time in his career. Preston Smith also made an impact by raking up 17 QB hits, 9 tackles for loss, and 9 sacks. Kenny Clark also earned Pro Bowl honors for his 48 total tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 13 QB hits, and 4 sacks. Each player is expected to build off their performance moving forward.
As a whole, the Packers defense produced the 4th best turnovers and were 9th best in yards allowed. The team ranked 13th in points allowed and especially impressed with their pass defense. The Green Bay secondary produced the 6th most interceptions this year as well. Cornerback Chandon Sullivan elected to leave in free agency and head to the division rival Vikings. Standout linebacker Za’Darius Smith also went to the Vikings this offseason.
It is tough to count out the Packers as long as Rodgers is quarterback, but they certainly had a great deal of notable losses this offseason. Even at 38-years-old, Rodgers is still one of the most elite quarterbacks in the NFL. It is the most important position in football, and his level of production and IQ elevate the team to a legitimate contender. Winning 11 games should be a comfortable goal for the Packers, with their eyes certain to be on bigger goals. The price is a little steep, but betting the Packers to win the division is also a good bet. There also is impressive value in the Aaron Rodgers passing yards prop for the season. His over/under for passing yards is set at 3,850. For comparison, Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady, and Josh Allen all have numbers set above 4,000. Rodgers threw for 4,115 yards last year and has not thrown for under 4,000 in a fully healthy season since 2015. Even with DeVante Smith no longer with the team, Rodgers can be counted on to reach this total.
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