3. Green Bay Packers
The Packers weren’t much better than the Lions last season, finishing 17th in the NFL with 37 sacks. Also similar to the Lions, the Packers didn’t do much to upgrade this unit.
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They did sign Muhammad Wilkerson in hopes he can get back to his prime years with the New York Jets when he was racking up double-digit sacks. He creates one of the more dominant fronts in the NFL alongside Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark. Green Bay will rely heavily on this trio.
Clay Matthews and Nick Perry have some nice talent at outside linebacker, but can’t be counted on to play all 16 games. Behind them, the depth chart is thin and the Packers are hoping for nice jumps from guys like Reggie Gilbert and Vince Beigel.
They also brought on a new defensive coordinator in Mike Pettine. Dom Caper’s scheme was getting old, so hopefully, Pettine brings in some fresh ideas. Still, until the Packers prove otherwise, their pass rush is an area of need.