What a bad season this team had. Statistically, they were fairly dismal. Their best stat was their 39% success rate on third downs. That tied them for 13th in the league. Their ground game was a bit better than their pass attack, as the Packers rushed for 107.8 YPG (17th NFL) and threw for 197.9 YPG (25th NFL). They were 26th over in offensive yards with 305.7 per game. Their 20.0 PPG (21st NFL) was four points lower than the 24.0 PPG they allowed on D.
Quarterbacks and Running Backs
Two rookie running backs had solid seasons last year. Rookie Jamal Williams (153 ATT, 556 YDs, 3.6 YPA, 4 TDs) became the number one running back, offering the type of power that wears opponents down. Aaron Jones (81 ATT, 448 YDs, 5.5 YPA, 4 TDs), another first-year NFL player, could run and cut in an explosive manner. Together, these two young players are a dynamic duo.
Receivers and Tight Ends
Devante Adams (74 REC, 885 YDs, 12.0 YPC, 10 TDs) is versatile route runner who is fast and sure. He takes over as the number one receiver after the Packers released aging vet Jordy Nelson. Slot receiver Randall Cobb (66 REC, 653 YDs, 9.9 YPA, 4 TDs) has taken some hard hits over the years. He’s lost a step or two, but still possesses sure hands and is a fine athlete. TE Jimmy Graham (57 REC, 520 YDs, 9.1 YPC, 10 TDs) is prime in the red zone, as he’s extremely tough to guard.
The Packers allowed 51 sacks (28th NFL) last season. They have some good players on the line, but health concerns were a major issue in 2017. In the first eight games, they never had all five starters. OLT David Bakthiari is a premium talent, while center Corey Linsley proved to be resilient and tough, playing every snap last season. He’s a smart player who’s able to handle matchups with guys far bigger. The right side has some questions marks, as RT Bryan Bulaga attempts to overcome the a second ACL tear. The other spot is up for grabs.
Muhammed Wilkerson comes to the Pack from the Jets. The seven-year vet is a former Pro Bowl player who may be at a turning point in his career. If he’s motivated, he could be a massive addition to the line. Another vet, Mike Daniels, is a passionate and motivated end. He notched five sacks last season. NT Clark Kenny is an avid run-stopper and an unflinching tracker of quarterbacks. DE Dean Lowry is smart and energetic. He adds some depth to the starting three.
Our 2018 Green Bay Packers NFL betting preview finds that the LB unit is not as versatile as one would like. The two primary guys in this unit, Clay Matthews (7.5 SCKs) and Nick Perry (7 SCKs), are solid on sacks. Perry has 18 sacks over the past two seasons and Matthews 19 over the last three. However, both have been injured a lot. Jake Ryan (89 TKLs) and Blake Martinez (158 TKLs) are run stoppers, but nothing more.
This was a very sound unit last season. But, Green Bay traded their best corner Damarious Randall (4 INTs) to the Browns for QB Kizer, while premium safety Morgan Burnett, who was a free agent, went to the Steelers. They still have Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (3 INTs), a Pro Bowl safety who haD an off season in 2017, and CB Kevin King, who can be dazzling if he can get past a nagging shoulder problem. Safety Josh Jones will attempt to overcome what was a very disappointing rookie season.
Head coach Mike McCarthy (121-70-1 Green Bay and Overall) has had some stellar seasons and some disappointing ones. One thing about him is he has a stabilizing influence, as his Packers tend to run on an even, uninterrupted keel. But he can be slow to replace underperforming players and coaches.
2018 Green Bay Packers NFL Betting Preview: Final Word
The Packers will do well as long as Rodgers’ health holds out. But that could be a tenuous situation. Our 2018 Green Bay Packers NFL betting preview sees this team struggling, especially against clubs like New England, Minnesota, Atlanta, and Seattle. The Packer offense is fairly mediocre. Their D has some very solid players, but depth could be an issue.
2018 Green Bay Packers NFL Betting Preview Projection: 7-9 Record, 3rd NFC North
QB: 7.2, RB: 7.5, OL: 6.8, WR: 7.7, TE: 8.0
DL: 6.5, LB: 6.8, DB: 7.0
PK: 7.5, PT: 7.0, RT: 8.0
Intangibles: If Rodgers goes down, the pack will be in emergency mode. Protecting him is essential.
Overall Rating = 7.3