As fascinating last year’s eight-game win streak to close out the season was, the Packers can’t expect to pull out of a hole like that again. We can reflect, smile and move on from the magic that was the 2016 season.
The NFC division leaders should all be really strong again this year. The Cowboys have that great combination of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. The Falcons dominated a lot of teams including the playoff game against the Packers. The Seahawks always seem to keep their core players and find ways to win games.
The NFC South should have some winnable games for the Packers. Tampa looks to be on the rise. New Orleans can’t seem to put together a strong offense and defense at the same. Carolina, it is hard to tell which team shows up this year after two bipolar years.
The NFC North is winnable again this year. The Vikings face uncertainty at QB. Detroit may get new unis but it will be the same Lions: up and down. As for the Bears, who knows what’s going on there.
The Packers will hope to reheat that offense while they fill some defensive holes in the secondary that caused more grey hairs to Packers fans.
Since the Pack still have a strong core of contributors left after the offseason cleansing this year, they should contend for another NFC North title. I see two wins over the Bears, splits against the Vikings and Lions. I am counting wins at home versus the Saints, Bengals, Bucs and Ravens. The only home loss I see at home is to Seattle.
I believe road victories over Cleveland and Carolina are doable. The rest of the away games look like losses. The Packers will, again, win the NFC north with a 10-6 record.