As we ease into the bye week, it’s time to take a look back at my Bold Predictions series from the past offseason.
Jayrone Elliott will make the Pro Bowl
Everybody is going to pretend I wrote Nick Perry, right? Jayrone has largely been the odd man out, but the pass rush hasn’t missed a beat. Elliott made some excellent special teams plays, but Perry is the guy who will make the Pro Bowl if he continues on his current pace.
The Packers will have a Top 10 Defense
Currently, the Packers defense sits at 13th in yards allowed and 15th in points allowed. They are by far the best defense in the NFL against the run, but have been miserable against the pass. The injury to Sam Shields has been devastating, and his recovery from his concussion will be a major factor in the Packers success this season. Morgan Burnett has not lived up to expectations, and Damarious Randall has not stepped up when forced into the role of the number one Cornerback. Mike Daniels, Clay Matthews, and Nick Perry have been phenomenal, and the entire front seven has been outstanding. The secondary has to improve for the Packers to have any chance of being a factor in the playoffs.
Davante Adams will lead the Team in TD Catches
Well, I didn’t anticipate Jordy Nelson leading the NFL in TD catches. Adams is tied for 6th with a ton of players with 2 TD catches. He could have had another one (and prevented an eventual Jordy TD) had he caught the deep ball he was interfered on in Minnesota. Adams hasn’t completely recovered from his sophomore slump, but he is back on the right path to being a reliable weapon for Aaron Rodgers. If he can run more consistent routes and catch the easy passes, Adams could turn into a major force and have a Pro Bowl season.Andrew Mertig is a a lifelong Packers fan and draft enthusiast. He has covered the NFL draft for radio and television stations in Green Bay. He is currently a host of the Pack-A-Day podcast and a writer for PackersTalk.com. You can follow him on Twitter @andrewmertig