Are the Packers Destined for Another Great Regular Season?

The Green Bay Packers are 2-1 after losing in week one to the Minnesota Vikings, a game they got dominated in, then a convincing win over a division rival in the Chicago Bears, then a win over one of the NFC’s better teams on the road in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sounds oddly similar right? That’s because it is.

  Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has even pointed out the similarities between seasons as well when being interviewed. The Packers had the exact same start as last year. Getting dominated in week one, beating up a division opponent in a convincing win, then on the road against one of the better NFC’s teams where they were underdogs. To refresh your memory those games were against the New Orleans Saints, the Detroit Lions, and the San Francisco 49ers. Now looking ahead, the Packers have a favorable schedule just like they did last year. Their next four games are against the New England Patriots (1-2), in London, England against the New York Giants (2-1), against the New York Jets (1-2), and at the Washington Commanders (1-2). The Packers have a real good shot to be heading into week eight 6-1.

Now, week eight the Packers are heading to Buffalo to play the Bills on Sunday Night Football. The Bills are arguably the best team in the NFL. Heading into week eight last year, the Packers were also 6-1 and were heading to the face the best team in the league at the time in the Arizona Cardinals who were 7-0. They played on Thursday Night Football and Packers fans remember that night as the game Packers cornerback Rasul Douglas made a name for himself and turned his career around. What are the odds the Packers season is following the same path as last year? Apparently pretty likely.

  Now the Packers are not guaranteed to be 6-1 heading into week eight, but they have a real good shot. Now if the Packers are 6-1 at that time, David Carr should be embarrassed about his season predictions for the Packers. Carr, the former NFL quarterback who now works for NFL Network, predicted the Packers to go 8-9 this season because he has the utmost confidence in his brother, Derek Carr the quarterback of the Las Vegas Raiders, and Raiders receiver Davante Adams. Carr’s reasoning for his Packers record prediction were solely based on trading Adams to the Raiders. Meanwhile the Packers are 2-1 and the Raiders are 0-3.

Nothing wrong with have confidence in his brother and Adams but Carr should not have based his Packers prediction on the loss of Adams. Now the Packers offense through three weeks are tied for fourth in most explosive plays in the NFL with 23 explosive plays. What determines if a play is explosive or not is the yardage of a play which for passes are 20 yards and for runs are 10 yards. The offense has been way better than most would have expected and so far, how they have looked. If they could convert drives into points, they would be one of the NFL top offenses but not scoring points affects that. Let’s put this in perspective. The Packers put up 14 points on the NFL’s top defense. The Buccaneers gave up 13 points through two games until the they played the Packers. The Packers were also a yard away from having 21 points and one less fumble away from at least having 17 points.

  The biggest takeaway from the first three weeks although is that Packer rookie receiver Romeo Doubs is making his presence felt. Rankings among rookie receivers, Doubs ranks first in catch percentage, passer rating when targeted, yards after the catch, fourth in catches and receiving yards, and sixth in yards per route. Doubs is putting up numbers that first round receivers are putting up. It is almost like Doubs should have been a first rounder. According to ESPN Stats & Info Doubs was the first receiver to record eight receptions in a game besides Adams since Packers receiver Randall Cobb in 2018. Rodgers was told about that stat in his postgame presser and was surprised by that stat. So, while this offense is quickly improving and already one of the leagues best the defense has been really good.

  The Packers defense has only given up four touchdowns through 3 games and two of those four games on opening drives. The Packers are only giving up 15 points per game. The Packers defense ranks third in punts per drive and three and outs per drive, sixth in drive success, seventh in yards per drive, points per drive, and touchdowns per drive, and twelfth in point per red zone trip. The defense also has the highest third down stop rate in the league. This defense is dominant and only going to improve. So, the Packers should be destined for yet another great regular season as ever since head coach Matt LaFleur came to town the Packers have won 13 regular season games in every season. Very well could be the case again. Maybe LaFleur just has a thing for winning 13 games a season. Now say the Packers do have another great regular season, are they in for another disappointing playoff loss? Maybe, maybe not.

  This team is only going to improve and are already good as it is. They have a dominant defense, a good offense who are going to get better and find what they are best at and keep spreading the ball around, oh and the special teams or “we-fense” has been outstanding through three weeks. A recipe for success in the regular season and playoffs. The Packers and their fans could be in for a very special season once again.
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