Football is back. We’re no longer stuck day dreaming about parlays, prop bets, and becoming a Draft Kings millionaire. Now is your chance to put that stimulus check to use.
In a time of such uncertainty, the Packers came through a mini mini camp relatively unscathed in terms of injury. Information was limited as we finally set our sights on a season without a preseason. Although the product tends to be subpar, it’s also an opportunity for small school guys to make lasting impact on this storied franchise.
Guys like Willie Wood, Johnnie Gray, Ryan Longwell, George Koonce, and Tramon Williams all starred for the Green and Gold after being snubbed in the NFL Draft. The preseason gave us an opportunity to assess the unknown and provide reps for young guys learning new positions or schemes while also lighting a competitive fire under the entire organization. In the absence of a preseason, they’re going to need to find players already on the roster to step up and help this team rise beyond their NFC Championship run of last year.
As for the fans, we had the lockdown to train our legendary tailgate abilities and I’d say my Miller Lite consumption is in about Week 6 shape but unfortunately can’t put it to use in an NFL stadium just yet. For now, we’ll all be cozy in our homes enjoying our beloved Packers, watching Minnesota pretend they have loud fans. A tradition they’ve held dearly since 1961.
Minnesota has a new offensive coordinator since Kevin Stefanski took the Cleveland Browns Head Coaching job. They also lost Stefan Diggs to Buffalo leaving them with Adam Thielen and their prized rookie Justin Jefferson along with young guys Irv Smith Jr and Bisi Johnson. The star addition for Minnesota was the recent addition of defensive end and QB shredder Yannick Ngakoue. Luckily for the Pack, Minnesota is without their other cheese grater in Danielle Hunter.
Green Bay heads to Minnesota as the reigning division champs and that’s all I need to know we’re leaving that glorified toilet with a W. With the uncertainty over positional battles and usage rates I will keep my estimates limited.
Aaron Rodgers & Davante Adams
Surprised? Despite the addition of Jordan Love, Rodgers has shown tremendous character in mentoring the young QB and it’s only made him sharper to mistakes he’s made as an aging player. Rodgers didn’t get the heralded additions at wide receiver or tight end he wanted but as long as 12s on the field there’s a trust that cheeseheads will be victorious.
Green Bay’s best chance at success will be to test the unskilled talent in the secondary for Minnesota as beyond the previous exits discussed they also lost their top 3 corners in terms of snaps.
Expect Rodgers and LaFluer to strategically take shots against these units that haven’t had the game time to gel together as a unit. The run game is going to be the focus meaning Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams, 2nd round pick AJ Dillon and Tyler Ervin could all be featured in some capacity while all will utilized in the passing game as well.
Rodgers takes advantage of the youthful secondary and throws for 275 yards and 2 TDs with a healthy dose of scampering for rushing yards.
Hard to not think he’s a featured player regardless of the addition of AJ Dillon. Jones coming off his best season as a pro is poised to earn that payday that Dalvin Cook received over the weekend. Aaron Jones comes into Sunday hungry and motivated to showcase the true talent he is. Expect struggles at times and stuffed run plays but you can never corral a bucking bronco for too long and Jones will run for 75 yards 1 TD and catch 4 passes for 50 yards leading the Packers RBs. Jamaal Williams may poach receptions based on his stellar pass blocking and ability to spell Jones successfully.
Allen Lazard seems promising for a breakout although I wouldn’t bet money on it just yet. Him or Marques Valdez Scantling were looked at as not good enough by everyone outside of the Don Hutson center. LaFleur and company must have high hopes for their development. I’ll wait til week 2 to decide if I’d play either of them in fantasy.
The tight end group is a cluster of promising breakouts and its going to committee approach despite the listing of Bobby Touchdown Tonyan as the main starter. Rookie H-back Josiah Deguara was added to a crowded room of Jace Sternberger and Big Dog, Marcedes Lewis. Looks like this group will be blocking and receive the 3rd or 4th option on most plays.
Packers only concern is the last time we saw them, they were run over by the 49ers. What team shows up Sunday against the athletic Dalvin Cook rushing attack.
Green Bay wins due to consistency on offense and a defense that looks ready to maul opponents. Adding Rashan Gary to the Smith Bros seems like a recipe for a dominant defense. Expect a tough divisional game with some sloppy offense at times. Shake the rust off, crack open the coolers next to the couch and watch Green Bay beat the Vikings
Green Bay 21
Thanks for reading and as always,
GO PACK GO!