The ESPN staff have predicted the Green Bay Packers will make it back to the playoffs in 2019.
After what looks to be a good offseason on paper, there’s a lot of confidence that the Green Bay Packers could return to the postseason this year.
The ESPN staff have made their predictions for the 2019 NFL season, with the Packers making the playoffs.
The wait for another NFC North title win will have to wait, however. The ESPN experts believe it will be the Chicago Bears who finish in first place for the second straight season, with the Packers joining the Atlanta Falcons as the two NFC wild-cards.
After watching the Packers the past two years, you won’t hear any complaints from me about that.
Despite reaching the postseason in Matt LaFleur’s first year as head coach, the season won’t end with the Lombardi Trophy returning to Green Bay. ESPN has the New Orleans Saints defeating the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game, meaning the Packers’ season ends either in the wild-card or divisional round.
While some fans may see that as a disappointing season, it would be a good sign for the near future. If the Packers make the playoffs, it means the offense is back on track under LaFleur. It would also likely mean the defense has taken the next step in Mike Pettine’s second season as defensive coordinator.
And if that’s the case, it can be viewed as a successful debut year for LaFleur as head coach, and a strong platform the team can build on in his second season.
Of course, in an ideal world, Green Bay will win the Super Bowl, and a year from now LaFleur will already have a street named after him. But perhaps that’s wishful thinking.
However, you can’t win the Super Bowl if you don’t make the playoffs. And ESPN has Green Bay making it that far, which is a huge step forward from 2018.