Packers: Power ranking NFC North offenses before free agency 2023
How does the Green Bay Packers‘ offense compare to the rest of the NFC North?
For many years, the Packers’ offense was the best in the division by a long way, but that wasn’t the case this past season.
What do the Packers need to do to get their offense back to its best?
Here are the NFC North offense power rankings before free agency.
1. Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions’ offense dominated in 2022, ranking fourth in the NFL for total yards per game.
Wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown had 1,161 receiving yards and six touchdowns, while Jamaal Williams rushed for 1,066 yards and 17 touchdowns. Yes, seventeen.
Much of the Lions’ success goes to the offensive line, which is one of the league’s best. Only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers allowed fewer sacks than Detroit.
The Lions need to add a tight end, and it’s unclear what their long-term plan at quarterback is, but this offense is exciting.
2. Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings had a top-10 offense in 2022.
Justin Jefferson was one of the main reasons why, catching 128 passes for 1,809 yards and eight touchdowns. He was unstoppable. Only 23 years old, Jefferson can get even better.
Running back Dalvin Cook also had over 1,000 yards.
Minnesota averaged 24.9 points per game, ranking eighth in the NFL.
3. Green Bay Packers
Predictably, the Packers’ offense took a step back without All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams. Entering free agency, we don’t even know their 2023 starting quarterback.
The good news is that rookie Christian Watson dominated in the second half of his rookie season, while Romeo Doubs also impressed in year one.
Green Bay has one of the best running back duos in the league and a solid offensive line.
This offseason, the Packers must keep adding to their wide receiver corps, while tight end is a huge need. They should also continue to build the offensive line.
4. Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears need to get Justin Fields more help this offseason. The only player on the team with more than 500 receiving yards in 2022 was tight end Cole Kmet.
Chicago allowed the fourth-most sacks in the league, despite attempting the fewest number of passes.
The Bears had the worst-ranked passing offense, but they did rank first in rushing offense.
A lot of work is required this offseason. The Bears need to improve their offensive line, while adding more pass-catchers to help Fields.
The good news? They have the No. 1 overall pick and more cap space than any other team.