The Green Bay Packers were about four minutes away from getting to the Super Bowl last year, and then suffered an utter collapse. Fans can point the finger at Brandon Bostick’s botched onside kick catch, conservative play-calling or the defense missing assignments, but it was a collective epic fail in Seattle. Green Bay can’t be too upset, though, since they marched to a stout 12-4 finish, claimed the NFC North title and made it all the way to the NFC title game.
A large change in the offense occurred when head coach Mike McCarthy announced he would no longer be calling offensive plays. On defense, the team appears to be ready to try to turn the corner, as Green Bay let cornerbacks Davon House and Tramon Williams walk and cut ineffective inside linebackers Brad Jones and A.J. Hawk. Those losses definitely give the Pack some serious needs heading into April’s draft, while conservative GM Ted Thompson literally did nothing of merit in free agency outside of the organization. That being said, Thompson did well to hold onto slot receiver Randall Cobb and offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga. Considering Thompson’s best work comes in the draft, Packers fans should still feel pretty good about the state of their franchise heading into 2015.
Coming off an NFC title game and boasting one of the best offenses the NFL has to offer, it should shock no one that Packers tickets will cost a pretty penny in 2015. Fans won’t mind forking over some extra dollars to get into Lambeau Field, as Green Bay paid back their fan base with a perfect 8-0 run at home in 2014 and could be a threat to do that again this year.
Perfection at home is never easy and it doesn’t get much harder than what the Packers are facing in 2015. Outside of an improving NFC North slate, Green Bay also will welcome St. Louis, Seattle, Dallas, Kansas City and San Diego to town this coming season. The Rams, Chiefs and Chargers carry little drama and for all intents and purposes should be Green Bay wins. The Cowboys and Seahawks, of course, carry major weight as they’re both rematches from this past season’s playoffs. Green Bay finally gets the Seahawks on their turf and will be out for revenge, which will make this potentially the home game of the year.
Green Bay won’t have it much easier on the road, as they travel to Arizona, San Francisco, Carolina, Denver and Oakland in 2015. The Raiders should be a cakewalk, but their other four road contests outside of the division could be true stumbling blocks. All four teams boast strong defenses, while fans will get to see which offense truly is best when Rodgers and co. march into Sports Authority Field to take on the Denver Broncos.
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As if Green Bay’s ending to 2014 wasn’t tough enough, their schedule shows a rough road back to the playoffs – much less the NFC title game. That’s nothing Rodgers can’t handle, though, while the Packers could even be Super Bowl bound if their defense can land the right acquisitions and get even better than they did a year ago.