How will the Green Bay Packers win games in 2022?
Throughout head coach Matt LaFleur’s first three seasons, the Green Bay Packers have found unique was to win ball games — 41 to be exact.
In 2019, the Packers finished 18th in both total offense and total defense. However, they were efficient on offense (second-fewest giveaways with 13) and opportunistic on defense (tied for seventh in takeaways with 25).
In 2020, they were the No. 1 scoring offense in the NFL (31.8 PPG) and No. 9 in total defense (5,344 yards allowed).
In 2021, they just received help from unlikely heroes.
Along the offensive line, the Packers had close to 10 different starters at different points during the season, including tackle Yosh Nijman, who performed admirably in place of David Bakhtiari.
Cornerback Rasul Douglas didn’t come to Green Bay until October, but he still led the team with five interceptions.
So, how will the 2022 Green Bay Packers win their share of games?
How will the Packers win games in 2022?
Well, having Aaron Rodgers certainly helps, as has been the case for about 17 years.
However, No. 12 will have to be great without his All-Pro receiver and great friend Davante Adams. Also, speedster Marquez Valdes-Scantling departed in free agency.
GM Brian Gutekunst addressed the receiver room by drafting three rookies in North Dakota State’s Christian Watson, Nevada’s Romeo Doubs, and Nebraska’s Samori Toure. Don’t forget about the addition of veteran Sammy Watkins too.
Those four receivers will help Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb shoulder the load of targets from Rodgers. Also, second-year receiver Amari Rodgers is hungry for a bounce-back season.
The Packers are going to beat teams collectively when passing the ball. If there is not going to be a 1,000-yard receiver, there are going to be three different receivers with 700-900 yards. That is called balance.
Throw in 600 yards from starting tight end Robert Tonyan, who is expected to be ready for Week 1.
Each of the receivers and tight ends will have their own individual jobs to perform.
For example, Randall Cobb, who knows Aaron Rodgers better than anyone, will be his key slot option. He always has been.
Rookie Christian Watson, who stands at 6-4 and runs a 4.3, will be the offense’s gadget player. Seventeen-year Marcedes Lewis will be the key run-blocking tight end. He has been one of the best in the league at exactly that.
The offensive line is extremely versatile and deep. Gutekunst also drafted three rookies in Sean Rhyan, Zach Tom, and Rasheed Walker. All can play multiple positions.
Once David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins are completely healthy, this has a shot to be one of the deepest lines in the entire league.
When you have a ground attack like the Packers do, there won’t be many problems offensively.
Running backs Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon formed a two-headed monster in the backfield last season. They both recorded over 1,000 scrimmage yards and combined for 17 total touchdowns.
With Green Bay’s deep offensive line and talented running backs, the ground attack should be the best in the game. But again, if all else fails, they have arguably the greatest quarterback of all-time throwing the football.
Defensively, it’s a lot less complex.
Defensive coordinator Joe Barry is going into his second season in Green Bay. Remember, he had the Packers’ defense performing as a top-10 unit last year without Jaire Alexander and Za’Darius Smith.
Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kenny Clark is the anchor. He is joined by edge rusher Rashan Gary and first-team All-Pro linebacker De’Vondre Campbell, who is the quiet leader of this defense.
The Packers’ cornerback room might be the best in the league.
Alexander is back healthy, along with standout Rasul Douglas and impressive second-year Eric Stokes.
Safeties Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage form a thunderous, ball-hawking duo on the backfield.
The Packers are looking like an elite, top-five defense. They also added two fierce Georgia defenders in ILB Quay Walker and DT Devonte Wyatt. Things are about to get scary in Green Bay.
After signing Rich Bisaccia, the special teams woes appear to be slithering away. The man has nearly 40 years of coaching experience.
The team drafted multiple, possible special teams returners like receivers Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs. Fifteen-year kicker Mason Crosby is back launching rockets off of his magical right foot.
The addition of a cold-weather punter and holder in Pat O’Donnell will do wonders for the field goal and field position games. If the Packers can just become a middle-of-the-pack unit on special teams, they will be in great shape come January.
Matt LaFleur will once again have this team ready to go. They should win their divison fairly easily.
With their unique offense, led by their all-world QB, their elite defense, led by a host of playmakers, and with their improved special teams, this team will be better in the long run.
Even with the losses of Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Za’Darius Smith and Billy Turner, they’ll be in prime position for a Super Bowl run once again.
This time around, they will be different. No one knows where the ball is going on offense. The defense is absolutely stacked. The special teams will be a whole lot better. Matt LaFleur will have this team ready. Trust him.