2. Packers offense will dominate
It’s possible it will take a little while for the Packers to completely adjust to Matt LaFleur’s offense, but there’s good reason to believe they can become the latest team to quickly rise up the rankings in year one of a fresh, creative offense.
Talent alone wasn’t the issue why the LA Rams averaged a league-low 14 points per game in 2016. They had an up-and-coming rookie quarterback in Jared Goff and an All-Pro and Pro Bowl running back in Todd Gurley. Head coach Sean McVay helped turn things around the following season, bringing a creative, exciting offense to match the talent on the roster. The Rams set the pace in 2017 with a league-best 29.9 points per game.
That year, Chicago’s offense finished No. 29 in scoring offense. But with Matt Nagy taking over last season, the Bears averaged 26.3 points per game, good for ninth in the NFL.
LaFleur was part of McVay’s staff that helped the Rams offense dominate, and the same was true in a similar situation in Atlanta the season prior. The Falcons offense finished No. 21 in scoring offense in 2015, but the Falcons led the league in the same category a year later. LaFleur was part of Dan Quinn and Kyle Shanahan’s staff.
LaFleur understands how to quickly rebuild an offense. The Packers offense put up 23.5 points per game last season, 14th in the NFL. And just like the Rams and Falcons, they have the talent on the roster. Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams and David Bakhtiari are all among the best in the NFL at their positions.