The NFL regular season is a month away and teams are finding out where they stand amongst opponents as the first full week of NFL preseason games concludes today when the Buffalo Bills visit the Indianapolis Colts.
This season, as has been the case for at least the last decade, the Green Bay Packers are favored to win the NFC North division. The Packers have been given an Over/Under win total for the season of 10.5. The big question is will they pass that mark or come up short during their 16 regular season games.
Betonline feels the Packers are one of the best teams in the NFL, yet the resurgence of other teams, such as the San Francisco 49ers has made the win totals that much harder to predict.
Nevertheless, one thing is certain, Aaron Rodgers the signal caller for the Packers is one of the best in the league, if not the best. If he is playing, the Packers have an opportunity to win; it is as simple as that.
Depending upon the sportsbook, the Packers are as high as +600 to take the NFC Championship and +1000 to lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy as Super Bowl Champions.
During the offseason, the Packers had to fill some holes and its seems they came up big in that department. Greg Jennings, the veteran wide receiver was allowed to sign with the Minnesota Vikings because the Packers want youth in the skills positions on offense.
Green Bay added Eddie Lacy to their backfield through the draft, as well as Jonathan Franklin. Lacy played with Alabama, while Franklin was a machine running for the UCLA Bruins in the Pac-12. The two-headed running attack will help the Packers offense become more diverse and that much harder to stop.
However, if one weakness was obvious last season it was the way the Packers played defense. During the offseason, this issued was addressed through the drafting of Datone Jones and the release of veterans such as Charles Woodson.
Jones will add a much needed interior pass rush to help the already strong outside presence that Clay Matthews gives the defense. Add to that Nick Perry, the team’s first round pick from a year ago and the defense should show improvement from the first game.
Green Bay will get the chance to prove they have improved defensively as they open the season on September 8 against the San Francisco 49ers and then play the Washington Redskins the following week.
If betting on the over under win total is not enough, take a change on Rodgers as the league’s MVP. Bovada online sportsbook has Rodgers sitting at 8 to 1 to take the MVP this season.
Nevertheless, with the odds makers giving the Packers a 10.5 win total, smart money takes the OVER.