2020 Team Analysis & Schedule
The Green Bay Packers are one of the most storied franchises in the National Football League, and they look to be solid again in 2020. Green Bay was one game away from the Super Bowl in 2019, and there are big expectations ahead of this team.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is nearing the end of his career, but he is still good enough to lead his team to another Super Bowl. Head coach Matt LaFleur is looking to build off of a very successful first campaign, but the Packers will have plenty of work to do.
The Packers will face a tough schedule in 2020 based on their finish in 2019, but the reigning NFC North Division champions will be looking for a repeat.
Green Bay Packers 2020 Schedule
|Week 1||Sept. 13||at Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 2||Sept. 20||Detroit Lions|
|Week 3||Sept. 27||at New Orleans Saints|
|Week 4||Oct. 5||Atlanta Falcons|
|Week 5||Oct. 11||Bye week|
|Week 6||Oct. 18||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Week 7||Oct. 25||at Houston Texans|
|Week 8||Nov. 1||Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 9||Nov. 5||at San Francisco 49ers|
|Week 10||Nov. 15||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|Week 11||Nov. 22||at Indianapolis Colts|
|Week 12||Nov. 29||Chicago Bears|
|Week 13||Dec. 6||Philadelphia Eagles|
|Week 14||Dec. 13||at Detroit Lions|
|Week 15||Dec. 20||Carolina Panthers|
|Week 16||Dec. 27||Tennessee Titans|
|Week 17||Jan 3.||at Chicago Bears|
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Last Year’s History
After a disappointing 2018 regular season, the Green Bay Packers were back with a vengeance in 2019. The Packers finished the regular season with a 13-3 record to cruise to an NFC North Division championship.
Green Bay earned a divisional-round playoff win over the Seattle Seahawks by a score of 28-23, earning them a spot in the NFC Championship Game. The Packers were overmatched in that game, losing by a score of 37-20 to the San Francisco 49ers.
Five members of the Packers earned a Pro Bowl berth in 2019, including quarterback Aaron Rodgers. LT David Bakhtiari was named an All-Pro by the Associated Press.
The Packers finished a perfect 6-0 in divisional play a season ago, and they went an impressive 7-1 at Lambeau Field. Green Bay did struggle a bit on both sides of the ball in 2019, but they had enough talent to overcome their deficiencies.
Green Bay Packers Key Players
Aaron Rodgers took over the starting quarterback job in Green Bay in 2008, and he has been one of the best quarterbacks in the league since that time. Rodgers is nearing the end of his career but is still one of the most talented players in the NFL.
Rodgers has thrown for more than 4,000 yards in each of the last two seasons but has struggled to stay healthy in the past. Over the last two seasons, Rodgers has thrown 51 touchdowns to just six interceptions.
The playmakers around Rodgers always seem to change, but Rodgers continues to find ways to lead his team.
Davante Adams has emerged as the top wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers and is a three-time Pro Bowler. After racking up at least 10 touchdown catches in three straight seasons, Adams had a bit of a down year in 2019.
The six-year NFL veteran had 83 catches for 997 yards a season ago, but he is set to go over the 1,000-yard mark again this season. 2018 was a career year for the Fresno State product as Adams had 111 receptions for 1,386 yards.
Linebacker Za’Darius Smith came to the Packers before the 2019 season, and he had a career year. Smith racked up 13.5 sacks in his first season in Green Bay and emerged as a leader on the defense.
Smith is entering his sixth season in the league and has accumulated 32 career sacks. He was originally drafted by the Baltimore Ravens and was a focal point of their defense as well.
The Packers need to be better on the defensive side of the ball, and it all starts with Smith.
Packers New Additions
The Green Bay Packers were relatively quiet during free agency, signing only two big-name players. LB Christian Kirksey was signed to a two-year deal after previously playing with the Cleveland Browns.
RT Ricky Wagner also joins the team after spending the last few seasons with the Detroit Lions. Wagner could provide some extra protection to quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The biggest splash that the Packers made in the 2020 NFL Draft was selecting quarterback Jordan Love from Utah State. Love is not expected to see the field in 2020 unless Rodgers suffers an injury.
Green Bay Packers Key Subtractions
The Green Bay Packers also saw some key players leave the team at the end of the 2019 regular season, which could hurt their chances in 2020. Green Bay tried to replace a number of these players, but a few holes still need filled.
TE Jimmy Graham signed a free-agent deal with the rival Chicago Bears, taking one playmaker away from quarterback Aaron Rodgers. RT Bryan Bulaga got a three-year deal from the Los Angeles Chargers, which creates a massive hole on the offensive line.
On the defensive side of the ball, LB Blake Martinez left the Packers to sign a deal with the New York Giants. Martinez was a solid performer for the Green Bay Packers during his time with the team.
The Green Bay Packers dominated the NFC North a season ago, and they are considered one of the two favorites in our sportsbook to win the division again this season. The Minnesota Vikings were also a playoff team a season ago, and it could be a tight race to win the division this season.
The Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions are considered to be the bottom half of the division, but they could also make a run at the division crown this season. Both teams are expected to be much improved this season, and the NFC North should be one of the toughest divisions in the NFL.
Green Bay Packers Defense
After a dismal 2018 season on the defensive side of the ball, the Green Bay Packers made huge strides in 2019. The Packers gave up just 19.6 points per game, making them the ninth-best scoring defense in the NFL.
The addition of Za’Darius Smith was a huge key to the defensive success, but Preston Smith stepped up his well. These two linebackers combined for 25.5 sacks a season ago.
Green Bay did allow 4.7 yards per carry to their opponents, and their rushing defense let them down in the NFC Championship Game. The Packers’ defense needs to give Aaron Rodgers and company some more help this season.
Green Bay Packers Offense
Any offensive squad led by future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers should be able to get to a Super Bowl. That seems to be the message the front office is sending to the team and to its fans after refusing to pick up any significant help for Rodgers this offseason. That is the thanks he received after taking the team to the NFC title game with on offense that ranked mid-pack in most offensive categories.
The front office is right. Rodgers is this offense, and he makes every player on the field around him play better; and he is going to have something to prove this season. If history shows any indication, the chip he will now have on his shoulder is something that propels a talent like his to stratospheric heights.
This is the first time the QB has faced competition (if you can call a rookie competition) since he was the competition. Expect the Packers offense to be rolling over defenses this season.
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