NFC North predictions 2023: Where will the Packers finish?

Can the Packers take the NFC North crown in their first season with Jordan Love?

Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love
Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love / Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
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1. Green Bay Packers

  • Final record: 9-8
  • Division record: 4-2

Can you imagine the reaction of Bears and Vikings fans if Jordan Love leads the Packers to the division title in his first season as a starter? It's entirely possible.

Love showed promise in the preseason, building on an impressive training camp. He is building a good connection with second-year wide receivers Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs, as well as rookie tight end Luke Musgrave.

Working in the Packers' favor is their dominant offensive line. They were excellent in the preseason and should make life far easier for their new starting quarterback.

However, for all the upside this offense has long-term, things won't go perfectly. This is an inexperienced offense outside of the offensive line and running backs. Love is in year one as a starter. None of Green Bay's wide receivers were in the league two years ago, and two rookie tight ends will play a significant role.

The Packers need their defense to step up after significantly underperforming last year. The talent is there -- Green Bay has eight first-round draft choices on defense -- but Joe Barry's unit failed to meet expectations in 2022. More pressure is on to carry the team if and when the offense struggles this season.

Green Bay has the talent to make the postseason, but it could be another inconsistent season. A 9-8 record is just enough to secure a home playoff game.

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