Aaron Rodgers and Co. still in title contention without Davante Adams

Aaron Rodgers and Co. still in title contention without Davante Adams

Head Coach: Matt LaFleur. I love LaFleur. I was a fan of this rental in 2019 (here is the proof). And let’s be real: He’s done an incredible job, compiling a 39-10 regular season record — that’s the most win total of any coach in his first three years with a team. He led the Packers to two consecutive No. 1 seeds after guiding them to the No. 2 seed the first year, ultimately recording two NFC Championship Game appearances. And, I mean, he kind of brought Rodgers – already an elite quarterback when LaFleur arrived – to raise his game over the past three seasons.

I’ll just say that with Rodgers as a quarterback, the expectation levels exceed what LaFleur has achieved so far. That said, many teams would like to like to have this kind of “problem” – and overall LaFleur has been great.

Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers. The guy got his money. Rightly so, because he’s obviously one of the best quarterbacks in the game. And yes, Packers fans, if you mean he is the best, I’m not going to spend too much time arguing with you. He led the NFL with a passer rating of 111.9 and became the first quarterback in league history with at least 13 wins in three straight seasons. And he’s just won his second consecutive MVP award — the first player to play in a row since Peyton Manning in 2008 and 2009. (With five total MVPs to his name, Manning is the only player to have more than Rodgers, who count four.) Only one thing is missing here. We know what it is. I mean, I’m curious how Packers fans felt watching “The Match” recently, a made-for-TV golf showdown that pitted Rodgers and Tom Brady against Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen. Rodgers birdied to win it all. And if I’m a Packer fan, I wonder, Where was that clutch in the playoffs last season? Because it certainly wasn’t the defense’s fault.

Projected MVP for 2022: Aaron Jones, running back. I mean, Aaron Rodgers is the obvious answer here, but let’s take a moment to recognize what a Green Bay player is. other Aaron has become. The former fifth-round pick has three straight seasons with over 1,000 scrimmage yards and double-digit touchdowns. And while his overall output has dropped slightly in 2021, I believe he will play a bigger role in 2022. Following the departure of Davante Adams, I know many of you are looking to the reception hall for replace its production. , but I think a lot of the offense will come through the backfield. Not only is Jones a weapon as a runner, but he’s had 148 catches and 11 touchdowns over the past three seasons. Shoot, the last time we saw him — in Green Bay’s divisional round loss to San Francisco — Jones had nine catches for 129 yards. The 27-year-old will be dynamic in all areas this coming season. Remember that at fantasy draft time. Thanks also to AJ Dillon, who just came out with 1,116 scrimmage yards and seven scores in his second pro campaign. Like I said, the Green Bay backfield will Ball this autumn.

New face to know: Sammy Watkins, wide receiver. The Packers don’t typically spend a lot on free agency. After losing Davante Adams, they didn’t panic and signed a group of mid-carders to try to replace the All-Pro wideout. Watkins is a proven veteran who, when healthy, can make huge plays. Remember how crucial he was in the Chiefs’ 2019 title chase, racking up 288 receiving yards in three playoff games? And I wouldn’t rule out Odell Beckham Jr. looking into this at some point in his rehab.

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