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Green Bay Packers Betting Predictions – It's All Offense And No Defense For Imbalanced Packers

Posted by Tony Bryant on 6/26/2012 4:11:24 PM

Head Coach: Mike McCarthy
Offensive Coordinator: Tom Clements
Defensive Coordinator: Dom Capers
Owner: Green Bay Packers, Inc.
Stadium: Lambeau Field
Capacity: 72,928
Super Bowl Wins: 4

Offense

The Packers finished 3rd in the NFL last season with 6,482 yards. Their offense was simply spectacular, generating a 15-1 regular season record despite the fact that the defense gave up an average of over 410 yards per game. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers is simply operating at the height of his powers right now, playing as well as any other quarterback in the NFL. The Packers scored 560 points last season and averaged 35 points per game, more than any other NFL team. (New England scored 547 points, clocking in at a fraction over 34 points per contest.) Rodgers thrived in the Packers' three- and four-wide receiver sets, spreading the ball to fleet-footed flankers and then running for first downs with his (underrated) legs when plays broke down.

Green Bay didn't even average 100 rushing yards per game, but it didn't need to. Rodgers was so devastatingly effective with the passing game that the team didn't have to pound the ball between the tackles. In the eyes of anyone who consults sports betting sites for the latest in pro football expertise, Rodgers stands at the top of the mountain, with Drew Brees of New Orleans and Tom Brady of New England joining him as the NFL's elite trio of passers.

Grade: A+

Defense

The Packers' defense finished 32nd in the NFL last season – at the very bottom of the league – a allowing 6,585 yards. Sports betting odds makers need to see more from this defense if the Packers are going to become an even more attractive betting choice this season. Green Bay will feast on poor teams, but since it finished with the best record in the league, a very demanding schedule awaits in 2012, and it's likely that a porous defense with a subpar secondary will struggle against formidable foes. Green Bay's secondary is the primary point of focus for defensive coordinator Dom Capers. If the Packers can't fix that part of their roster, they're going to find themselves in shootouts that even Rodgers won't be able to win.

Grade: D+

Special Teams

The Packers produced 37.9 net yards per punt, a terrible figure but also the product of only 58 punts during the season. Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby has a very strong leg, as shown by his 3-of-4 conversion rate on field goals beyond 50 yards. However, given that level of leg strength, he should be more consistent on kicks of 40 to 49 yards. Missing three such kicks begs for improvement. These are high standards, yes, but Crosby is capable of measuring up to them.

Grade: B+

Prediction

The Packers will probably still win their division, if only because rival Detroit has not addressed its own problems on defense. However, a 12-4 record will not mean a whole lot unless the Pack Attack can get back to the Super Bowl. This defense, however, might not be good enough to get Green Bay to the promised land. A loss in the NFC playoffs seems more likely than not at this point. Click here for ample information on the latest NFL sportsbook odds.

2012 Schedule

Week 1 – vs. San Francisco (4:15 PM ET)
Week 2 – vs. Chicago (Thursday, 8:20 PM ET)
Week 3 – at Seattle (Monday, 8:30 PM ET)
Week 4 – vs. New Orleans (4:15 PM ET)
Week 5 – at Indianapolis (1:00 PM ET)
Week 6 – at Houston (8:20 PM ET)
Week 7 – at St. Louis (1:00 PM ET)
Week 8 – vs. Jacksonville (1:00 PM ET)
Week 9 – vs. Arizona (1:00 PM ET)
Week 11 – at Detroit (1:00 PM ET)
Week 12 – at New York Giants  (8:20 PM ET)
Week 13 – vs. Minnesota (1:00 PM ET)
Week 14 – vs. Detroit (8:20 PM ET)
Week 15 – at Chicago (1:00 PM ET)
Week 16 – vs. Tennessee (1:00 PM ET)
Week 17 – at Minnesota (1:00 PM ET)


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