ESPN analyst was spot on with his Packers prediction this time last year

Louis Riddick perfectly predicted how the Packers' offense would perform.
Green Bay Packers, Jordan Love
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Nobody knew what to expect from the new-look Green Bay Packers a year ago.

They entered a world of uncertainty following the departure of not only Aaron Rodgers, but several veteran starters like Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, Adrian Amos, and Marcedes Lewis. Green Bay moved into a new era with the league's youngest roster and a fanbase not sure what's coming next.

Were the Packers rebuilding? Could they make a surprise playoff run? More importantly, could Jordan Love play?

We knew there would be ups and downs, but the hope was for progress and promise. Even if a challenging year was to come, the hope was to leave the 2023 season with optimism.

The Packers achieved far more than that, and ESPN's Louis Riddick saw it coming.

ESPN's Louis Riddick had perfect prediction about Packers before last season

Nobody knew what to expect. Well, nobody except for Louis Riddick. The former NFL safety and current ESPN analyst said that while the Packers would have to "live with the bumps in the road," the offense had "unlimited upside."

Sound familiar?

"If they can lean on that offensive line, which should be one of the best in football, their running back tandem that's one of the best in football, and they can get Jordan to believe, not turn the football over and gradually build, over the next season and over the next couple of years, this could be one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL," said Riddick.

That's a near-perfect prediction of how it played out.

Green Bay's offense struggled in the first half of the season. Whether due to poor communication, receivers running wrong routes, or Love missing throws, nobody could get on the same page. The talent was there, but the production was nowhere near good enough.

Then it all changed. The Packers never panicked or stopped believing, and they kept going. Eventually, it paid off, with Love hitting an MVP level in the second half of the season, throwing 18 touchdowns to one interception in a 6-2 stretch.

Riddick praised the offensive line and running back tandem. Aaron Jones put together five straight 100-yard performances to end the season, helping the offense reach another level. He spoke about Love having belief and protecting the football—once that happened, the Packers dominated offensively.

The Packers had contributions from Jayden Reed, Romeo Doubs, Dontayvion Wicks, Luke Musgrave, and Tucker Kraft. When healthy, Christian Watson reminded everyone why he is a game-changer.

As the offense came to life, Green Bay averaged 25.5 points in the final eight games before putting up 48 against Dallas in the wild-card round.

Riddick said the Packers' offense had "unlimited upside." We started to see that late last season, and the sky is the limit in 2024 and beyond.

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