The 2020 NFL season kicks off this week! Those are words I have been waiting to write and was unsure it would happen. The NFL seasons kicks offs this Thursday night with the Houston Texans taking on the defending Super Bowl Champions, the Kansas City Chiefs. The Green Bay Packers will kick off their 2020 season on Sunday at noon when they travel north to face their division rival the Minnesota Vikings.
This season will be different. No fans are permitted into NFL stadiums at this time. That means the first two home games at Lambeau Field will not have any fans. The Packers will reevaluate things at that time to determine if fans will be allowed in at a later time.
On the field, the Packers will be must-see television no matter if they win or lose. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers draws the attention to the Packers and will be what everyone is talking about.
Outside of Rodgers, this offense still has one of the best receivers in the game in Davante Adams. The running game will be carried by Aaron Jones, who will share carries with Jamaal Williams and rookie AJ Dillon. When the Packers stick to head coach Matt LaFleur’s balanced attack, that is similar to the Rams, the offense looks better and runs a bit smoother. If they get into some old habits when Rodgers drops back and makes plays up as he goes, the offense stalls out and becomes clunky. This version of the Packers needs to stick to the balanced attack that LaFleur has brought to the team. All indications out of camp have been that this team will be more balanced as Rodgers and LaFleur have been working well together, even better than last year. That is a scary situation for the rest of the league.
On the defensive side of the football, the Packers defense is lead by the Smith brothers, Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith. These two are the heart a sole of the Packers defense. They will create pressure on the quarterback, not only generating sacks but forcing opposing quarterbacks to move in the pocket and make bad throws, giving the secondary the opportunity for turnovers. Kenny Clark will still be the man in the trenches, but keep an eye on last years first round draft pick, Rashan Gary, he might make a jump this season. The secondary is young, hungry and full of playmakers.
The Packers are primed for another division title and deep post-season run. Buckle up Titletown, football is back and we could be in for a special season.
Go Pack Go!
Anthony Haag is a writer for PackersTalk.com. He has been a Packers fan since the day he was born and truly bleeds green and gold. He makes annual visits to Lambeau Field and has attended his fair share of games. You can follow Anthony on Twitter at @anthony_haag