2020 Season Preview: Green Bay fans know that quarterback Aaron Rodgers is nearing the end of his career, but what does that mean? Will they see the team’s running backs used more in 2020, or will Rodgers be unleashed to throw for 5,000-plus yards? Aaron Jones returns as one of the NFL’s best runners and Davante Adams leads a good group of receivers. The Packers’ defense played well in 2019, but did not always make big plays when it had to. For a deep playoff run this winter, that will have to change.
2019 Season Roundup: Green Bay fans had visions of a return to Super Bowl glory after a 13–3 season and a clutch win over the Seahawks in the playoffs. They could not get past the 49ers in the NFC title game. Aaron Rodgers was healthy the entire year and threw for over 4,000 yards. His favorite receiver, Davonte Adams, caught 83 passes. The Packers’ defense made big plays all year. Kenny Clark was a great run-stopper and Za’Darius Smith was one of the NFL’s best all-around linebackers.
2019 Season Preview: Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams should provide the offensive fireworks for Green Bay while the defense will be counted on to keep games close. Mike Daniels and Clay Matthews are gone but new faces Rashan Gary, Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith hope to fill their shoes. The Packers are looking to improve on their worst record (6–9–1) in over a decade.
2018 Season Roundup: For the second year in a row, the Packers lost more games than they won and missed the playoffs. The difference in 2018 was that their quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, was healthy. Coach Mike McCarthy was fired during the season, which ended with a 34–0 loss to the Lions. The Green Bay offense was one of the best in the NFC. Rodgers topped 4,000 passing yards and Davonte Adams caught 111 passes. Linebacker Blake Martinez led the Packers in tackles for the second year in a row.
2018 Season Preview: There will be no margin for error in the competitive NFC North in 2018. The Packers, with Aaron Rodgers back in the huddle, will be first-place favorites. He has great weapons in Randall Cobb, Davante Adams and newcomer Jimmy Graham. The defensive line, led by Mike Daniels, Muhammad Wilkerson and Kenny Clark, might be the NFC’s best.
2017 Season Roundup: Injuries limited Aaron Rodgers to just seven games and the Packers could not win without him. Their 7–9 record could have been worse but for a pair of overtime victories in the second half of the season.
September 17, 2017: Aaron Rodgers threw his 300th touchdown pass in a won over the Falcons. He broke Peyton Manning’s record for the “fastest 300,” reaching that milestone in his 144th game. It took Manning 157 games to reach 300.
2017 Season Preview: In the final two months of 2016, Aaron Rodgers proved he had as much talent and leadership skills as anyone in the NFL. As long as he and receiver Jordy Nelson stay healthy, Green Bay can win any game that is close in the 4th quarter. If the team’s rookie defensive backs play well, the team’s passing defense could be the best in the division.
2016 Season Roundup: The Packers won their division for the fifth time in sixth seasons, but they didn’t make things easy for themselves. The team lost five games in a span of six weeks during October and November and needed six wins in a row after that to make the playoffs. Jordy Nelson was named Comeback Player of the Year after missing all of 2015 with an inury. He caught 97 passes and scored 14 touchdowns.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to victory over the Giants and Cowboys in the playoffs, but they could not stop the Atlanta Flacons in the NFC Championship Game.
2016 Season Preview: No one in football believes the Packers were as bad as they looked at times in 2015. They’ll have a chance to prove it in 2016. Aaron Rodgers seems primed to win a third MVP, and the return of Jordy Nelson from injury should make a huge difference. Green Bay’s defensive front seven is okay but not great, however its secondary is loaded with young talent. They could make the difference over the course of a long regular season.
December 3, 2015: Aaron Rodgers completed a 61-yard scoring pass on the final play of the game to defeat the Detroit Lions. Richard Rodgers caught the pass, which fans nicknamed The Miracle in Motown.
October 18, 2015: Aaron Rodgers reached 30,000 passing yards faster than any quarterback in history. The previous record was set in the 1960s by Johnny Unitas.
2015 Season Preview: The loss of receiver Jordy Nelson has Green Bay fans a little concerned, but who will stop QB Aaron Rodgers? The Packers’ division foes—Vikings, Bears and Lions—probably won’t. Which makes Green Bay a favorite to finish with the NFL’s best record.
January 31, 2015: Aaron Rodgers was named NFL MVP and FedEX Air Player of the Year.
November 9, 2014: Aaron Rodgers threw six touchdown passes in the first half of a 55–14 victory over the Bears. The only other player with six TD passes in one half was Daryl Lamonica of the Raiders, in 1969.
September 1, 2014: Green Bay fans believe that Aaron Rodgers is the finest quarterback in the league. He’ll have a chance to prove it this year thanks to quality offensive players at every position, including running back Eddie Lacy, who figures to have another big year. An improved pass rush should create opportunities for the defensive backs, which is one of the Packers’ few soft spots.
September 4, 2013: The Packers spent the off-season rethinking their defense, which fell apart in the playoffs. There’s plenty of talent to work with. As far as the offense is concerned, it seems as if Green Bay keeps adding new weapons. This season, quarterback Aaron Rodgers has terrific receivers, and a loaded backfield starring DuJuan Harris. If Harris misses a game, rookie Eddie Lacy is good enough to lock up the job before he recovers.
February 2, 2013: After a sluggish 2–3 start, the Packers won 9 of their next 10 games to capture the NFC North crown. Aaron Rodgers threw for 39 touchdowns, with Randall Cobb and James Jones teaming up for 22 TD catches. Clay Matthews led the defense as the Packers made a run toward another Super Bowl. However, they ran into the red-hot 49ers in the playoffs and lost 45–31.
Summer, 2012: The Packers did everything right in 2011. They won 15 of 16 games and had the fewest turnovers and penalties in team history. Aaron Rodgers and the offense were so effective that no one could say for sure how good the defense was. They found out against the New York Giants in the playoffs. In 2012, Green Bay will look for its defense to play like it did in 2009 and 2010. If it does, the Packers could be headed back to the Super Bowl.