NFC North power rankings: Packers close gap, Lions uncertainty after playoff meltdown

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2. Green Bay Packers

The Packers hoped Jordan Love would show potential in year one. He did more than that, proving he is the team's long-term solution at quarterback.

Love put up MVP numbers in the final eight games of the regular season, with a 70.3 completion percentage, 2,150 passing yards, 20 total touchdowns, and only one interception. In two playoff games, he completed 67.3 percent of his passes for 466 yards, five touchdowns, and two interceptions.

The Packers' offense experienced growing pains early in the season. Their young group struggled with communication and consistency. But once they figured it out, Green Bay never looked back, ranking sixth in offensive DVOA.

The Packers have their quarterback, a talented, deep group of pass catchers, and a strong offensive line. The defense needs work, but head coach Matt LaFleur committed to change by moving on from defensive coordinator Joe Barry after three seasons.

Like the Bears, the Packers improved in the second half of the year. LaFleur's team went 3-6 to start the season but finished 6-2. They then convincingly won a road playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys and almost upset the San Francisco 49ers.

The future is bright in Green Bay.