Bleacher Report’s predictions for the Packers’ record are about right.
After reaching the final two in the NFC and winning 13 regular season games, it’s reasonable for there to be high expectations for the Green Bay Packers in 2020.
But winning 13 games and reaching the NFC Championship Game is no easy task. It was Green Bay’s best regular season record in almost a decade, and even its dominant 2014 team didn’t win that many games.
So, while the Packers should be competitive again this season and they may even be a better overall team, it won’t be a surprise if their record falls somewhat.
Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report has made win-loss predictions for each team in the NFL, and he has the Packers finishing 10-6, which sees them retain their NFC North title.
And it’s about right. Like last year, the Packers will need a lot to fall their way to push the win column all the way to 13. They won a number of one-score games last season, and it’s hard to sustain that kind of success in close games. Take nothing away from Matt LaFleur and his team — they got the job done — but repeating that success won’t be easy to pull off.
The fact is that unless you’re the best team in the NFC during the regular season and secure the number one seed, just reaching the postseason is the main aim. Earning the number two seed like last season would no longer earn a first-round bye with the new playoff format.
As long as the Packers make it to the playoffs, they’ll have a chance to go all the way. After all, this is the team that became Super Bowl champions the season they barely made the sixth seed with a 10-6 record, then suffered a first-round exit after dominating all year en route to a league-best 15-1 record a year later.
A 10-6 record would be a good accomplishment for the Packers, and it’s a fair prediction by Knox.