Green Bay Packers 2019 Season Preview

Russell S. Baxter

Green Bay Packers 2019 Season Preview

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan

Special to Pro Football Guru

It’s almost time. Time for the most exciting game of the season as the 100th NFL season opens with the Green Bay Packers visiting their biggest rivals in the Chicago Bears. The excitement is a bit higher this year, as the Packers are starting fresh in a way. If new head coach Matt LaFleur can take the offense to an elite level as some expect him to do, the Packers have the chance to rise back up to the elite level we’ve been waiting for.

Offense: If quarterback Aaron Rodgers can stay healthy (knocking on every piece of wood) he has the chance to return to the Aaron Rodgers that has frustrated opposing defenses for years. Even injured, he has put up his share of record numbers. For some reason, there’s a feeling that everything falls back into place in 2019. Wide receiver Davante Adams and Aaron Jones are going to be the other key players this season on offense and they will present problems for defenses everywhere – especially if the duo can elevate their under LaFleur. At the same time, it may be time to cut ties with DeShone Kizer and find a veteran quarterback worthy of backing up Rodgers.

Defense: Green Bay made a lot of moves during free agency this offseason and signing pass-rusher Za’Darius Smith might be the most important of them all. Reports from training camp are that he’s a beast and able to go up against anyone. At cornerback, there’s Kevin King (if he can stay healthy!) and Jaire Alexander, Josh Jackson and Tramon Williams. They’ve all got great versatility and rookie Ka’Dar Hollman even had an interception in the preseason opener vs. the Texans. At safety, the new starting duo of Adrian Amos and rookie Darnell Savage Jr. could be great. If this group continues to progress, the Packers will have a strengthened defensive line and an improved pass rush.

Special Teams: Last season, the Packers lost more than a few games because of mistakes made by special teams. Placekicker Mason Crosby had some issues and the team added Sam Ficken for a little competition. Punter J.K. Scott begins his second NFL season. The hopes is that new special teams coordinator Shawn Mennenga is the answer to righting their wrongs from 2018.

Prediction: The Packers have the chance to be feature one of the best secondaries in the league. After a few years of not making the playoffs, Brian Gutekunst has done a lot of necessary work to strengthen the defensive backfield and that should make all the difference. Look for Green Bay to finish in the Top 10 in total defense this season, up from 18th a year ago. Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in the division and the Packers’ young defense will flourish under Mike Pettine in year two.

Win-Loss Record: 11-5 (1st Place, NFC North, reach Super Bowl LIV)

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan (@lucyrk78) is the founder of Arkay Marketing & PR and has been writing on the Green Bay Packers for OurTurf Football for the past five years. She has recently begun covering the Los Angeles Rams for Our Turf as well.

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