Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers

Packed up and ready to go?

The most important thing for the Green Bay Packers this year is that Aaron Rodgers signs a contract extension. He still has 2 years remaining on his current deal, and how this season plays out will probably have a lot to do with whether he continues playing for Green Bay.

For anyone involved in Green Bay Packers betting, this is not a cloud that one wants hanging over a player and a team. The deal will most likely get done, but the sooner the better.

The team played most of the season last year without Rodgers, who went down with a broken collarbone in week 7 against the Vikings. After the injury, the Packers went 3-8 through the rest of their season with backup QB Brett Hundley.

So to avoid any drama that could affect the team's play on the field, both the Packers and Rodgers will want to come to an agreement ASAP.

Bruised and Battered in 2017

Rodgers was not the only player that suffered an injury for the Packers last season. Jason Spriggs and Vince Biegel were both injured in training camp, causing them to miss the first half of the season.

Both Spriggs and Biegel are young players who have promising futures with the team, and staying healthy for 2018 will have a huge impact on how their careers in the NFL play out. Spriggs is poised to take over the right tackle position and Biegel is preparing to put in a full season as an outside linebacker.

The return of these three, along with running backs Ty Montgomery and Jamaal Williams who both suffered season-ending injuries last year, will give the Packers the punch they need to make another run at a Vince Lombardi trophy.

Catching Fire

Beyond the health issue, the Packers will also have to deal with questions surrounding who will be their three receivers.

Jordy Nelson is out, much to the chagrin of Rodgers, but some top-level talent is in place to take his spot. Davante Adams, Randall Cobb and tight end Jimmy Graham will likely vie for the position along with Geronimo Allison.

Not far behind them are rookies J’Mon Moore, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown. All three were drafted this year, and show a great deal of promise with their speed and size.

The Big Question

The only real issue other than health is if the Packers offence can get its act together. Should health be a problem, a high octane offence operating at a top level could save it. If both health and offence become a problem, then the Packers betting odds could take a turn for the worse.

Former Offensive Coordinator Joe Philbin has been brought back for a second stint, and he will be forced to get a relatively young and unknown offence to click under Rodgers while navigating what some are calling the most difficult schedule in the NFL.

The Packers will face four playoff teams from last year before December, and if Philbin doesn't have the offence clicking like it should, it could spell trouble for the Packers.

Here at Betmania.ag, our NFL sportsbook has the Packers at +150 odds to win their division, right behind the Vikings, who boast +140 odds. The race for first will be tight and a lot will depend on how well the Packers' offence comes together as a unit.

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