4. Lead the league in touchdowns
Shockingly, Rodgers has only led the NFL in passing touchdowns once in his 13 seasons. This occurred in 2016 when tossed 40 of them and finished third behind Matt Ryan and Tom Brady on the MVP ballot.
Rodgers is the best quarterback in the business when he gets into the red zone and his success will continue to flourish throwing to newcomer tight end Graham who hauled in 10 touchdowns a season ago.
Graham isn’t the only scoring machine on the Packers roster with Adams tallying the most receiving touchdowns since 2016. Coming off his first Pro Bowl, Adams is looking to be Rodgers’ most dominant receiving threat in the absence of Nelson.
Randall Cobb will also be looking to get back in the mix. As well as some viable options out of the backfield in Ty Montgomery and Jamaal Williams. They may benefit most from short yardage throws, but they can still lend a hand near the goal line.
Even though his favorite target is no longer in the picture, Rodgers will have plenty of options as Green Bay’s offense expects to light up opposing defenses once again.
3. Pass for 4,000 yards
No. 12 won’t have to lead the NFL, but he will at least need to hit 4,000 yards passing on the year.
Cam Newton is the only player to not eclipse this mark on his way to the award, but his 761 rush yards likely won over voters in 2015.
The last time Rodgers has failed to reach at least 4,000 was in 2015 without the help of Nelson who tore his ACL during the preseason.
Only now he has Joe Philbin back as his offensive coordinator. Philbin was around for arguably Rodgers best year in 2011.
Mike McCarthy is installing a new playbook for the third time as head coach in Green Bay hoping to get the most out of the pieces he has on offense.
“We’ve gone back to Page 1,” McCarthy said at the annual NFL owners meeting in April.
Hopefully, this means pushing his quarterback to get rid of the ball out quicker to allow the athletes around him to pick up yards after the catch.