Packers Now Favored to Win Every Game, Fans R-E-L-A-X
As reported by ESPN writers Sharon Katz & John McTigue.
Now that Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is going to miss the 2016 season, the Packers are now favorites to win every game this season. Green Bay was already the favorite in every game except week 2 when they visit Minnesota and play in the Vikings home opener at US Bank Stadium.
ESPN's Football Power Index project the Packers to win 10.3 games, give them a 79.9 percent chance to make the playoffs and give them a 65% chance to win the NFC North.
Before all of the Packer fans say "we're going undefeated", realize that the Packers still have a few defensive issues to addresses. They're offensive concerns but most are minor compared to the defensive concerns.
Other than defensive tackle Mike Daniels, the Packers don't scare opposing teams in the defensive trenches. Mike Pennel and Letroy Guion are okay at best but also have off-field issues with Marijuana.
Pennel played in all 16 games last season but only had 25 tackles and one sack. He is suspended the first four games this season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Guion was suspended the first three games last season for the same substance abuse policy. Managing only 21 tackles and having no sacks in 13 games, not something that offensive coordinators lose sleep over.
Cornerback is another area of concern after the Packers let Casey Hayward walk in free agency. On one side Sam Shields is an above average cornerback who can hold his one on on. On the other side, they now turn to the second year men Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins.
For being rookies they played good last season but it's risky gamble to trust them to be the starters this season since Dom Capers loves leaving his corners one on one. Hayward had three interceptions and 14 pass deflections, while Rollins had two interceptions and 6 pass deflections. Both guys returned one of their interceptions for a touchdown.