Green Bay Packers: 5 reasons why they are Super Bowl contenders

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With Aaron Rodgers returning to the Green Bay Packers this season, so are the team’s Super Bowl chances.

Fresh off of a $134 million contract extension, Aaron Rodgers is set to lead the Green Bay Packers back to the Super Bowl.

Without a doubt his return is the main reason for the Packers having one of the best Super Bowl odds, +1200, in the NFC.

However, there are still other reasons besides Rodgers behind having the third best Super Bowl odds in the NFC. They have experienced coaches with some fresh blood in Mike Pettine and Joe Philbin.

Pettine’s defense also has some new and exciting pieces in the secondary. The team’s 2017 first round pick, Kevin King, is now paired with the Packers 2018 first and second round selections, Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson.

Besides them, the Packers already owned one of the best rush defenses in the league last season, much thanks to their front line. Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark were fine on their own, adding Muhammad Wilkerson makes them all the more dangerous.

On offense, Rodgers has plenty of weapons to target on any given drive, headlined by offseason acquisition, Jimmy Graham. Then there are the trio of running backs in Ty Montgomery, Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones (upon returning from his suspension). Between the three of them, the Packers should have fresh, reliable legs on the field at basically all times. We’ve all seen what that can do for an offense with how the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons conduct their respective backfields.

With all of those reasons and then some, the Packers should feel rather good about their Super Bowl chances.