2. Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers have the best quarterback in the league in Aaron Rodgers. That’s enough to put them among the top ranks in the NFL alone.
Outside of their elite quarterback, they have plenty of talent at necessary positions to ensure a productive and winning season.
There are doubts among many about Jimmy Graham, but he is still easily a top-10 tight end in the league, and that is not up for debate. In probably his worst statistical season since his rookie year, Graham put up 10 touchdowns, tied for second in the league last season with current Packers wide receiver Davante Adams.
Offensive line protection is lead by David Bakhtiari (2016 Pro-Bowl selection) and Bryan Bulaga (though coming off an ACL injury). When healthy, this offensive line is a straight bully. But health will be the biggest factor this season for ultimate success.
With the past few drafts focused on the secondary, and the hopes that these young guys will be taking the next step in playmaking and coverage, the Packers are being overlooked by many.
The defensive itself got even better with Muhammad Wilkerson being added from the New York Jets. Though a couple of early training camp injuries have hurt the Packers. Linebacker Jake Ryan tore his right ACL and will be out for the season. While safety Kentrell Brice may have re-injured his right ankle that required season-ending surgery just last year.
Even with the toughest strength of schedule, and a few early injuries, the Packers are a team not many should be looking forward to playing against.