Green Bay was a touchdown shy of appearing in the Super Bowl last season. They bring nearly everyone back from that team. They also add B.J. Raji, who missed the entire 2014 season after tearing his biceps last preseason.
The Packers look like the table is set for them to have a monster season. Detroit and Minnesota will both battle for a playoff spot, but Green Bay is on a different level right now.
Here is the 2015 NFL team preview for the Green Bay Packers.
2014 Win/Loss Record: 12-4
Key Additions: None
Key Losses: ILB A.J. Hawks, CB Tramon Williams, QB Matt Flynn, RB DuJuan Harris, WR Jarrett Boykin, ILB Brad Jones, ILB Jamari Lattimore, CB Davon House
2015 Draft Picks: S Damarious Randall, CB Quinten Rollins, WR Ty Montgomery, OLB Jake Ryan, QB Brett Hundley, FB Aaron Ripkowski, DE Christian Ringo & TE Kennard Backman
Non-Division Schedule: AFC West, NFC West & (Dallas/Carolina)
Fantasy Sleeper: WR Ty Montgomery – Montgomery is locked into the third receiver role behind Randall Cobb and Davante Adams. Jordy Nelson’s injury opened up a spot for him. Adams only had 38 receptions last year, but he could get more targets as this is his second year in the offense. Rodgers is an automatic 35+ touchdown throwing machine. Montgomery will be on the other end of a handful of those.
Offense – QB Aaron Rodgers, RB Eddie Lacy, WR Randall Cobb, WR Davante Adams, WR Ty Montgomery, TE Andrew Quarless, LT David Bakhtiari, LG Josh Sitton, C Corey Linsley, RG T.J. Lang & RT Bryan Bulaga
Defense – DE Mike Daniels, DT B.J. Raji, DE Datone Jones, LOLB Clay Matthews, ILB Jake Ryan, ILB Sam Barrington, ROLB Julius Peppers, CB Casey Hayward, CB Sam Shields, SS Morgan Burnett & FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Team Analysis: The Packers basically come into this season with every key player from a year ago. They re-signed every impact player and didn’t lose anyone of interest. They also gain B.J. Raji, who was out all last season. There isn’t much analysis for them. Just look at last year’s stats and record. I would even predict a slight improvement across the board. I expect Clay Matthews to take back some of the ‘best defensive player in the league’ shine J.J. Watt has stolen away from him. Matthews will be in the running for Defensive MVP by season’s end. The Packers are the team to beat in the NFC.
2015 Wins Over/Under Line: 11 (Prediction: OVER)
2015 Projected Win/Loss Record: 12-4 (1st in NFC North)
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