The Green Bay Packers are still licking their wounds from the NFC Championship with the full attention of the team now set on the offseason, but a chaser for such a disappointing exit has to be how the team is set to contend next year.
The salary cap is still to be determined which makes it nigh impossible to see what type of rosters will be able to thrive next season, but with a strong core of proven veterans and a host of young talent set to improve, the Packers have more reason than most to be optimistic on chances of hoisting the Lombardi trophy next season in Los Angeles.
Sandwiched in between the parcipants of Super Bowl 55 are the Packers, listed as the best odds within the NFC of representing the conference next year.
Green Bay will obviously have it’s work cut out to again reach the conference championship and beyond, with a schedule that includes the AFC North as well as the NFC West, with road games in Arizona and San Francisco. Looking at next seasons opponents, 8 opponents out of 13 opponents reached the post-season last year and Arizona was in contention until the final weekend. Outside of the Bengals, there is no easy game on the slate.
Within the division, the Packers seem to be clear favorites and are projected as 9/1 favorites to win the NFC, slightly edging out the reigning SB 55 Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With Jared Goff replacing Matt Stafford in Detroit, (most likely) a new QB leading the Bears, and the Vikings failing to live up to expectations this year there is no obvious contender to the NFC North Throne. The Vikings and Bears are set as 40/1 and 50/1 underdogs (respectively) while the Lions look on from a distant 80/1.
Speaking for myself, I like where the Packers are rated. The Chiefs are a powerhouse and still have the Mahomie throwing for them so I have no issue with them being the favorite. The Bucs will be bringing back a lot of their core but as Kansas City just showed, it is really difficult to win back-to-back trophies in the NFL.
The Packers will have the 2020 MVP slinging the rock again and it’s Super Bowl or bust yet again.
——————Joe Kelley is a lifelong Packer fan born in Wisconsin and currently living surrounded by Patriots fans in New England- please send messages of support to @Jkelleylol on Twitter or @j.k.lolz on Instagram.