In any sport, the start of a new season has fans of every team thinking this is their year (yes, even Cubs fans). For fans of the Green Bay Packers, their team is one of several favorites to win the Super Bowl this year. With a dynamic offense and an improving defense, there is no reason why the Packers won’t be Super Bowl contenders. Here are my five reasons the Packers will win their fifth Super Bowl.
1. Aaron Rodgers
Very easily, this could be reasons 1-5. Aaron Rodgers is just that good. He can make any throw at any time, and can escape pressure like magic. Before he broke his collarbone last year, Rodgers had the Packers at 5-2 and was on pace for 5,000 passing yards. A franchise quarterback makes a huge difference on a team.
2. Eddie Lacy
In the past, opposing defenses would be able to focus solely on the pass when they would face the Packers. This would add extra pressure on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offensive line. Last year, Lacy provided the spark the running game needed, ending the year eighth in rushing yards. As we enter this season, Lacy has had over a year to learn the Packers offense. Now, if defenses start to focus only on Rodgers and the passing game, the running game will be open and Lacy will be able to gash opposing defenses and make this Packers offense the best in the league.
3. Dynamic receivers
While Aaron Rodgers is great, the Packers receivers and tight ends are among the best in the league. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are undoubtedly in the top three of receiving duos in the league. Both can stretch the field and catch any ball that is thrown their way. Jarrett Boykin showed what he could do last year after much of the Packers receiving corps went down with injuries. If Boykin can keep up his surprising level of play, and if rookies Davante Adams and Richard Rodgers plays as well as they were hyped, the Packers should have no problem moving the ball through the air.
4. Young playmaking secondary
One of the weak points for the Packers has been their defense. As seen with the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers, the term “defense wins championships” is now back and in full force. At least in the secondary, the Packers have made plenty of improvements the last couple of years. With good draft selections of Casey Hayward, Micah Hyde, and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the Packers secondary is no longer the weak spot on the team. Team those three with veterans Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, and Morgan Burnett and the Packers secondary is set with young playmakers for years to come.
5. A new pass rushing duo
The Packers actually went out and signed a big name free agent during the offseason. Former rival Julius Peppers is now opposite Clay Matthews at the linebacker spot, and it now gives a predicament for opposing offensive lines. If they choose to focus on Matthews, Peppers will show he still has some more left in the tank. If they decided to focus more on Peppers, Matthews will return to Pro Bowl form and the Packers will finally start getting an effective pass rush.
There is no doubt about it. The Packers are one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl. Of course, all of that would change if Rodgers were to go down again. But, that will not happen this year, and because of a dynamic offense and improving defense, the Packers will once again hoist the Lombardi trophy.