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Can The Green Bay Packers Defy The Odds In 2022?

Can The Green Bay Packers Defy The Odds In 2022?

The Green Bay Packers are on a mission to clinch their fifth Super Bowl in their franchise history. The team has had several fantastic players throughout the years as it all begins with Curly Lambeau who set the roots in Wisconsin back in 1919.

Then, they enjoyed the likes of Paul Hornung, Reggie White, and Brett Favre whom all had magnificent careers that led them to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Recently, Aaron Rodgers’s performance throughout the first few games this year has helped the Packers increase their chances for the Super Bowl. According to Super Bowl odds, they are currently the fourth favorite to grab the title with +900.

Here are our thoughts on the team’s future progressions:

Aaron Rodgers Effect

Now, the Packers rely much on their quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, who has been part of the roster since 2005. Coming from California, the talented player set numerous NFL records across his career in the league. He holds the top spot for the highest passer rating (122.5), while also having the lowest interception percentage in a single season as he finished with 0.3% in 2018.

Rodgers is certainly a treasure for every fan in Green Bay as he led his team to their fourth Super Bowl in 2014 when they outclassed the Pittsburgh Steelers in a tight contest in Texas. However, as we all know nothing is eternal in the world, as so is Rodgers’ NFL career. At 38 years of age, he gets closer and closer to retirement with each game he plays, as his contract with the Packers expires in 2025.

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Next Generation

Even though the management has invested a lot in Aaron Rodgers, they didn’t forget to start rebuilding the roster a couple of years ago. The Packers have made several clever trades throughout the past decade that gave them the opportunity to land versatile picks in the drafts. Rashan Gary and Jaire Alexander lead the next generation as they have successfully made huge statements in 2021.

Additionally, their running back, A.J. Dillon, and free safety, Darnell Savage, are also considered among the top prospects in the NFL nowadays. Dillon impressed all head coaches in his college years when he won the ACC Rookie of the Year Award in 2017, while Savage has shown his versatile skills throughout his first three seasons with the Packers.

Unfortunately for their fans, the team was unable to make the best out of Aaron Rodgers’ career as they are still unable to reach another Super Bowl with him on the roster. The Packers enjoyed some incredible feats during the Regular Season, but they always found a way to stumble in the Playoffs.

Despite not making it all the way to the Super Bowl in 2020 and 2021, Rodgers managed to snatch the NFL MVP Award. His consistent performance throughout the past two years further cemented his legacy as an all-time great in Wisconsin. Not once has he proven that age is just a number, and he won’t be defied by it.

Playoffs struggles

During the Postseason, Aaron Rodgers tends to have his biggest struggles to keep up his performance to a high level. Even though he regularly disappoints the Packers, this might not be his fault as he had to deal with several roster swaps throughout the years.

Aaron Rodgers is one of the most special players in Packers’ history and he will certainly do his best to chase down a second Super Bowl in his career. Aging like a fine wine, the 38-year-old quarterback seems to be picking up his rhythm in 2022. He has already managed to defeat his all-time rival and one of the greatest football players in NFL history, Tom Brady.

Super Bowl Pursuit

The Packers will have to find a way past the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North Division. Their 23-7 loss to start the season proved there is still a lot of work to be done before they can claim yet another title.

However, the up-and-coming under-25 players within the Packers will be determined to cement their spot in the starting squad. The likes of Jon Runyan Jr. and Eric Stokes provide further options for Matt LaFleur who posts an incredible head coaching record winning almost 80% of his matches.

The 42-year-old specialist led the Packers to the top spot in the NFC North winning 13 games on each occasion. Unfortunately, first, the San Francisco 49ers and then, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stopped them in the NFC Championship Game.

In 2022, the entire roster will have the experience factor to their favor, and they might use that to their advantage against some of their rivals in the Conference. With the increased internal competition within the Packers, they might easily reach new heights this season. Packed with numerous versatile players, the team is definitely ready to go all the way to the Super Bowl in 2023.

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