Packers 2022 NFL preview, schedule: Aaron Rodgers guarantees Green Bay at least playoffs
In 2008, the Packers bet on Aaron Rodgers when Brett Favre moved to the Jets and after 14 seasons leading the Green Bay offense, the University of California alum has only missed the playoffs three times. Before the 2022 NFL season nothing suggests that the Wisconsin powerhouse will no longer be in the game even in the absence of Davante Adamswho had been Rodgers’ favorite target for the past eight seasons.
Despite a long game of cat and mouse surrounding the continuity of Rodgers at the Packersin March, the reigning MVP signed a three-year, $150 million extension that relieved general manager Brian Gutekunst and allowed the Packers to meet other needs.
Rodgers running out of goals for 2022 NFL season
The big question mark hanging over Lambeau Field is how the Packers will get away without Adams. Although Rodgers was committed to the franchise, the star receiver was traded to the Raiders, where he will once again team up with his former college quarterback Derek Carr. The former Fresno State’s departure will be keenly felt as Green Bay lost the most productive NFL receiver over the past five seasonsduring which Adams racked up 6,195 yards.
The passing game situation is further complicated by the departure of two of Rodgers’ other wide options, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown, who both left the NFC North in free agency. The only big names left at Lambeau Field are Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb.
For the 2022 season, Rodgers will rely on a supporting cast led by Lazard, Cobb and Sammy Watkins, newly arrived in Green Bay on a one-year contract. Rookies Christian Watson and Amari Rodgers could offer other options, but the young receivers have so far failed to impress Rodgers.
The strength of the Packers offense for the new season is in the running game. AJ Dillon has emerged as a viable option run the ball (803 yards, 5 touchdowns) last season and will team up with Aaron Jones (799 yards, 4 TDs). In total, the Packers back line rushed for 1,900 yards in 2021placing the franchise 18th in the NFL in this regard.
Packers defense bolstered by draft
defensively, the Packers finished ninth in the NFL in 2021, giving up a total of 5,579 yards, and even though they lost Za’Darious Smith, they got stronger through the draft, pick up LB Quay Walker and DT Devonte Wyatt in round one. In total, the Packers took five defensemen from the latest generation of college talent.
Another element working in favor of the Packers is their schedule, which is the 11th easiest in the league with their rivals displaying a combined record of 137-150-2 (.478 winning percentage), in 2021.
Green Bay Packers
Record in 2021: 13-4
Stadium: Lambeau field
Super Bowl titles: 4
The Head Coach: Matt LaFleur
Offensive coordinator: Adam Stenavich
Defensive coordinator: Joe Barry
2022 Packers Calendar
|Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4||Week 5|
|among the vikings||against the bears||among the buccaneers||against the patriots||against the giants|
|Week 6||Week 7||Week 8||Week 9||Week 10|
|vs. Jets||among the commanders||at Invoices||to lions||against the cowboys|
|Week 11||Week 12||Week 13||Week 14||Week 15|
|against the titans||among the eagles||in the bears||BYE||against rams|
|Week 16||Week 17||Week 18|
|with dolphins||against the vikings||against the Lions|