The Green Bay Packers could have a top-five defense in 2022, but they will be tested against some excellent offenses.
Some of the most talented offenses in the league are on the Packers’ schedule this season. Joe Barry’s unit will need to build on last year’s performances to have a chance of stopping them.
Here are the toughest offenses the Packers will face this year:
1. Buffalo Bills
Buffalo’s offense ranked fifth in total yards and third in scoring last season. This group could be even stronger in 2022.
Josh Allen could be an MVP candidate this season. He is supported by a solid offensive line and an excellent wide receiver corps featuring All-Pro Stefon Diggs, Gabriel Davis, free-agent addition Jamison Crowder, and rookie Khalil Shakir.
At tight end, Buffalo has Dawson Knox and O.J. Howard, and the team also strengthened at running back by drafting James Cook in the second round.
This could be the best offense in football.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tom Brady returns for another season. He was an MVP candidate in 2021 after throwing for 5,316 yards (his most since 2011), 43 touchdowns (his most since 2007), and 12 interceptions.
Protecting Brady is a strong offensive line featuring first-team All-Pro tackle Tristan Wirfs and Pro Bowl center Ryan Jensen.
Tampa Bay’s wide receiver corps might be the best in football once All-Pro Chris Godwin is back from injury. Mike Evans is a four-time Pro Bowler, and free-agent Russell Gage is a great WR3. He had over 770 receiving yards in each of his past two seasons.
The Bucs added talent at running back by selecting Rachaad White in the third round. White and Leonard Fournette give this offense a strong 1-2 punch.
Oh, and the Bucs could still get future Hall-of-Fame tight end Rob Gronkowski back this summer.
3. Los Angeles Rams
The defending Super Bowl champions should again have one of the league’s top offenses, and one that will give the Packers’ defense real problems.
Matthew Stafford is coming off a great first season in Los Angeles, and he gets to throw to Cooper Kupp, Allen Robinson, Van Jefferson, and Tyler Higbee.
Running back Cam Akers should be fully healthy this season, and Darrell Henderson provides good depth at the position.
The Rams still have a talented offensive line, although they did lose former All-Pro Andrew Whitworth this offseason.
4. Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys are strong at just about every position on offense. They led the NFL in yards per game and points per game in 2021.
Star quarterback? Check. Dak Prescott is one of the best young QBs in the league.
Strong run game? Check. Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard give the Cowboys an excellent 1-2 punch.
Deep wide receiver corps? Check. Even after losing Amari Cooper, the Cowboys have a trio of CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup, and rookie Jalen Tolbert. They also have talented tight end Dalton Schultz.
Their offensive line includes five-time first-team All-Pro Zack Martin, eight-time Pro Bowler Tyron Smith, and 2022 first-round pick Tyler Smith.
5. Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings’ offense is powered by star players at running back and wide receiver.
Dalvin Cook is a top-five running back. Justin Jefferson is a top-five wide receiver. Jefferson and Adam Thielen form one of the league’s best receiving duos.
The offensive line is good but not great, and there are questions at tight end.
It all comes down to Kirk Cousins. At his best, this Vikings’ offense is tough to stop.
The Packers’ defense will be tested in Week 1 when they play at Minnesota.