The Packers’ Offense Looks To Bounce Back
The Green Bay Packers made the playoffs last year and made it to the second round where they eventually lost to Arizona. Still this was not a typical season for the Packers as they lost three home games, scored their fewest points in a season since 2006 and averaged just 5.3 yards per play, which was 29th in the league. Aaron Rodgers really missed Jordy Nelson, who was lost for the year early on as he had his lowest passer rating of his career, which was just 92.7. Overall Green Bay was 15th in the league in scoring at 23.5 ppg, 22nd in ypg, 25th in passing ypg and 8th in rushing ypg. Not typical rankings for the Packers and that must change for them this year or it will be another mediocre year for them. He will have Jordy Nelson back and TE Jared Cook gives Rodgers another weapon in the red zone, while the running game which was solid last year should continue to produce, especially with Eddie Lacy a bit slimmer.
The offense should be far better than last year’s group, while the defense should be improved over the 20.2 ppg they allowed last year, which was 12th in the league. They did lose B.J Raji to retirement, but do return Ha Ha Clinton Dix, Sam Shields and Clay Mathews, plus have added Kenny Clark in the first round and he is expected to fill the void left by Raji. The Packers were 6th in the league in passing yards allowed and 15th in total yards allowed. The offense should be back to it’s usual self and with a better than average defense the Packers will again find themselves playing for a chance at a Super Bowl berth.
Colts Looking For A Return To The Postseason
The other issue for the Colts last year was their defense and in particular their pass defense which ranked 24th in the league. Normally it has been their run defense that has been a struggle for them, but last year they were 8th in the league at stopping the run. Maybe that’s because teams chose to throw on them more. They have brought in Ted Monachino, who looks to turn the defense around. He has Robert Mathias back and he is in a contract year, so you may see a big season from him, while also back is CB Vontae Davis and they added former free agent DB Patrick Robinson as well. Also back is D’Qwell Jackson, who was the NFL’s 2nd leading tackler last year. This defense has some talent, but still it is middle of the pack at best. The Colts should make a return to the playoffs as they offense comes back to life to lead them.
Going to look for some scoring in this one, even though it looks as if Aaron Rodgers will not play. Both teams struggled on offense last year and you can bet that they will look to ignite that side of the ball in this one. The Colts defense should be a bit better this year, but this is their first game learning new schemes and it will take some time for it to gel. The Packers had a solid defense last year, but they also have little depth and once the starters are out of there the Colts should be able to notch some late points on them. 34 is not a big number and the Over is 5-0 the last five times these teams have met. Look for at least 38 points in this one.