Hello Wisconsin: Predictions for the 2021 Season

Predictions for the 2021 season, Wisconsin Beer of the Week, Around the NFC North and more.

It’s here. Finally. Week one of the NFL season, with real, meaningful football being played TONIGHT.

(Go Cowboys!... eww.)

This preseason, you gave me your predictions and feelings about the Packers heading into the 2021 NFL season. The general consensus was that this is a Super Bowl or bust squad with the highest expectations we’ve seen in years.

It’s hard for me to disagree.

If last year’s expectations for the Packers were high, this year the standards are higher than they’ve possibly ever been in my life. This isn’t a 1997 or 2011 season where the high expectations were at least undercut by a months-old Super Bowl championship celebration. 

No--this is a Packer team that is a decade removed from its last championship and is seeing its window with Aaron Rodgers snap shut. A team that has won a lot of regular season games, but has disappointed time after time in the postseason, particularly in championship game appearances.

Last year, I Predicted the Packers would return to the NFC Championship, but was hesitant to make any predictions beyond that.

This year, I’m picking the Packers to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. And if they make it there, they’ll have made it past the toughest competition they’ll face en route to a Super Bowl title, because both the Packers and their would-be rivals, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, are better, more well-rounded teams than anyone coming out of the AFC.

It has been 10 years since I last predicted the Packers to be the NFC’s Super Bowl representative before the season started. This year, there’s admittedly a sense of desperation to my prediction… after all, if not now, when?

But there is legitimate reason to see the Packers as one of two or three favorites in the NFL, beyond just blind homerism.

Aaron Rodgers returns to the Packers fresh off an MVP season and still with plenty to prove. He’s shown himself to be more efficient than ever in the Matt LaFleur offense, and has a deeper pool of skill position players to work with. So long as the offensive line holds up through the early part of the season until David Bakhtiari can return from injury, there’s no reason to believe this offense can’t be as effective as (or even better than) it was a season ago.

The Packers made great efforts to get back the vast majority of their key players from last year, as much as they could given the financial circumstances with a salary cap still lowered due to COVID-19. They’re going to be paying for it fiscally in 2022, but for this year, it’s about as all in as the ledger would allow for Brian Gutekunst and Russ Ball.

The competition outside of Tampa is not particularly frightening. The 49ers will be formidable again if they can stay healthy, but they still lack a quarterback. The Rams will be improved with Matthew Stafford taking over for Jared Goff and are outstanding at several key positions, but lack the all-around talent and depth of the Packers and Buccaneers. The NFC East is a joke, the NFC South is one team and the NFC North will bow to the green and gold yet again.

It has been a long time since I have had this level of confidence at this point in the calendar that the Packers can and should advance to the Super Bowl.

Anything less should be considered a massive disappointment.

I’ll be sprinkling some additional predictions throughout the rest of this column, but here’s how I see things working out:

  • 13-4 record, with losses to Kansas City, Minnesota, Baltimore and some random unexpected team.

  • Appearance in the NFC Championship against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Appearance in the Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs

  • Super Bowl championship

Who will be the Packers’ most improved player?

Who’s going to be the Packer to take the biggest step forward this year?

I’ve seen three popular candidates for this title throughout the summer: Rashan Gary, Darnell Savage, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Odds are very strong the Packers’ most improved player will indeed be one of these three.

If I have to guess one, I’m picking Darnell Savage.

Savage will be seeing the most snaps of any of these players, and already has two years of starting experience under his belt. The second half of the 2020 season revealed Savage as a player with some significant playmaking potential.

While I get that it’s a bit lazy to compare every rangy free safety the Packers find to Nick Collins, it’s hard not to do it in this case. Their measurables are nearly identical, and they’ve seen very similar progression in the quality of their play (and even their statistics) in the first couple years.

We’ve seen a similar slow burn with Savage so far to the point where it really feels like he’s going to burst on to the scene as a superstar level safety sooner or later. 

If he picks up where he left off in 2020 and improves at the same rate, he’s going to be a Pro Bowl player in 2021 and an All Pro in 2022. 

I realize that’s setting the bar a bit high, but I feel like it’s reasonable, especially with Adrian Amos and Jaire Alexander also in the secondary doing a lot of the heavy lifting. 

Wisconsin Beer of the Week

Fall is here, and with it comes malty Oktoberfests, pumpkin beers and thick stouts (or, if you’re like me, just more thick stouts than you’d already been drinking in the summer).

The latter is the category for our Beer of the Week this week: Warming Hut Memoirs from Humble Forager Brewery. 

Humble Forager is doing some pretty incredible work with their pastry stouts and fruited sours. This release, coming in at 12 percent ABV, is THICK. It’s a stout body featuring chocolate and carmel malts, blended with roasted Georgia pecans, a dash of Korintje cinnamon, stacks of Ugandan vanilla beans and drizzles of Wisconsin Amish maple syrup.

Honestly this would be a great breakfast beer, but it also hits perfectly as an evening sipper. I intend to hold on to a couple to crack over the winter in the bitter cold to really give honor to its name.

A lot of pastry stouts are far too sweet for my liking, but Humble Forager strikes a nice balance with this one. Really excellent balance with the pecan flavor being most prominent. A lot of times when maple is used as an adjunct it sticks out way too much, but here it blends into the background among the other flavors so it doesn’t overwhelm.

I found this beer at my local Woodman’s, and Humble Forager has pretty good distribution across the state. Find this one, or any of their other tasty offerings!

Who will be the Packers’ most valuable player not named Aaron Rodgers?

This is a question I ask every year in the fan expectations survey I do for CheeseheadTV.

This year, the most common responses were Davante Adams, Za’Darius Smith and Jaire Alexander. 

Of those three, Adams would have to be my pick. He’s practically unguardable. He’s developed one of the greatest releases off the line of scrimmage of all time, runs remarkably crisp routes and has insanely reliable hands. He’s good for a ton of catches and yards every time he steps on the field.

The Adams/Rodgers connection is what transforms this offense from an efficient scheme to a lethal scoring threat every time they line up. 

Alexander is one of the best at his position and Smith is an elite pass rusher, but when Rodgers and Adams are on, this offense is impossible to beat.

How will the Packers’ new-look defense perform?

The hiring of Joe Barry this offseason didn’t exactly excite a whole lot of Packer fans. And I have to say, I was a bit underwhelmed as well by the idea of hiring a retread on his third shot at a defensive coordinator position when there are probably plenty of young up-and-comers ready for a shot.

But there are a couple things that at least make me hopeful about Barry’s tenure.

One is that he’s a disciple of Vic Fangio, one of the best defensive minds of the NFL of the last two decades. Fangio has turned water into wine everywhere he’s gone with his defensive schemes. If the Packers were going to stick with the 3-4 philosophy (loosely, anyway, because who actually plays much base these days?), the Fangio system was probably the best choice to emulate.

The other is that players throughout the offseason have mentioned that they felt like the new defensive system allowed them some more flexibility, and that it put them in positions where they were more likely to succeed. You love hearing players raving about a defensive scheme while it’s being implemented.

I have no clue what’s going to happen with the Barry defense, but what I do know is this: the Mike Pettine defense was stale, soft and predictable. He wasn’t doing nearly enough to show offenses complicated looks, and players often seemed like they were playing out of position. 

Barry is working with by far the most talented collection of players he’s ever had. Hopefully the third time is a charm.

Around the NFC North

Here we go once again around the NFC North leading into week one.

-The CHICAGO BEARS open their regular season on the road against the Los Angeles Rams in primetime on Sunday Night Football. An auspicious start to the season for a team that crabwalked backwards into the playoffs in 2020. The big story for the first portion of the Bears’ season is going to be how long it takes for them to switch from Andy Dalton to Justin Fields. Because really, the Bears’ ceiling with Dalton is probably eight wins. Who knows yet what the Bears have in Fields, but at least he doesn’t immediately put a cap to what they can achieve. Still, I’ll be more than happy to watch yet another Chicago Bears primetime dud to kick off the season. A tradition like no other!

-The DETROIT LIONS are also in a very familiar position to start the 2021 season: contention for the number one overall draft pick. Oddsmakers have the Lions right up there with teams like the Houston Texans and New York Jets as likely earners of the top pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.  They open at home against the San Francisco 49ers, who are looking to return to the height of their 2019 powers after a season waylaid by injuries. The only thing worth watching about the Lions this year is how long it takes new head coach Dan Campbell to run onto the field and assault a referee.

-The MINNESOTA VIKINGS are the odds-on favorite to challenge for a wild card spot behind the Packers in the NFC North… that is, if COVID doesn’t wreck their team first with stars like Kirk Cousins, Adam Thielen, Harrison Smith and Sheldon Richardson all reportedly declining to get vaccinated. The Vikings still have too many weak spots on their team to be considered serious contenders, but they get to open up the season with a road trip to take on the cupcake Cincinnati Bengals so everyone can overreact to their dominance after a single week.

A new school year is underway

If you follow me on Twitter you may know that one of my side gigs is directing the theater program at my local high school. School is officially underway, students are back full time and it just feels so refreshing and *normal*, despite the continued presence of masks.

I’m looking forward to getting kicked off with our auditions for our first production of the season on Monday and hopefully welcoming a big class of freshmen who want to get involved.

More exciting for me was my three-year-old’s first day of preschool on Wednesday. He’s going three mornings a week for just a couple hours. It’ll be a perfect opportunity for him to get out and socialize, which is something we’ve really missed during the pandemic.

He’s my oldest, so it was definitely emotional leaving him behind as I walked out of the classroom. But what a great moment to see him running down the hall all excited when I returned.

Good luck to students and teachers of all ages in this new year!

Who will be the most surprisingly important or underrated Packer of 2021?

The easy answer to this question is always Adrian Amos, as it seems like the man’s greatness is always underappreciated.

But I want to take this question a bit deeper and look especially close at role players. Of the non-starters on the team or the players not expected to be on the field for the bulk of their unit’s snaps, who’s going to be the most important?

I have several thoughts here. One is Randall Cobb. His presence as a true slot receiver, a guy with a natural connection with the quarterback and a mentor to Amari Rodgers could prove crucial. He’s not being relied on as a key contributor, but helps fill out the depth of the receiving corps much better than another roster bubble guy would have. His experience, leadership and reliability could be a big deal in the locker room.

Another thought: TJ Slaton. The Packers have desperately needed another big man to help spell Kenny Clark. If Slaton can be the immovable monster the Packers hope he can be for even 15 to 20 snaps a game, that’s going to be a massive contribution to this team that desperately needs some more beef in the trenches on defense. The Packers didn’t do nearly enough for my liking to improve the defensive line this offseason, but if Slaton turns out to be a good player, that’s a huge addition.

Finally: Josiah Deguara. This man brings a ton of versatility to the table and the Packers really lost out on having a true H-Back for most of the year after he tore his ACL. Dominique Dafney emerged on the scene toward the end of the year, but having Deguara back is a big deal for what LaFleur wants to do with this offense. I’m excited to see him fully deployed.

Quick outlook for Packers vs. Saints

Look, the Packers are just better than the Saints, They were last year, and the Saints have only gotten substantially worse since then.

They have a turnover machine at quarterback, are missing their talented wide receiver (once again), and have lost a lot of key contributors since a year ago.

They don't even get a true homefield advantage in this game, and are playing as a displaced football team.

The Packers should (and will) win without much drama, 41-20.

Go Pack!

 

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Tim Backes is a lifelong Packer fan and a contributor to CheeseheadTV. Follow him on Twitter @timbackes for his Packer takes, random musings and Untappd beer check-ins.

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egbertsouse's picture

September 09, 2021 at 07:30 am

OK, Gutey put the band back together and appears to be on a mission from God but I am not sure that trotting out the same old players will get them a championship. I see them going out in the second round this year.

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Guam's picture

September 09, 2021 at 07:48 am

I think Heflin has just as much chance as Slaton to be a useful addition to the defensive line. Heflin's motor appears to run non-stop and he has the size to be effective against the run. Hopefully one or both bolster a thin D-line.

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Johnblood27's picture

September 09, 2021 at 10:11 am

I share your enthusiasm for Heflins game, however his accomplishments in pre-season will not transfer to the regular season vs NFL starters with a combat mindset.

He is a year away from having his college body (weight room and another off-season) and great motor (hopefully this doesn't wane) transfer to NFL rotational effectiveness IMO.

I hope to see him have some "get your feet wet" snaps, however if the GBP are counting on Heflin to have any sort of impact we are lost.

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dobber's picture

September 09, 2021 at 08:05 am

Most Improved: Rashan Gary. With the Packers nursing Z back to health, Gary will get the snaps this season that he hasn't gotten the last couple and he'll take advantage of them.

Non-ARod MVP: Elgton Jenkins. He's a human swiss army knife, and his ability to play any position on the OL at a high level is what makes the front office confident in putting Bakh on the shelf until mid-season rather than rushing to get him medically cleared, activated, and on recallable IR. His ability to play anywhere leads to minimal OL disruption. He's someone who the Packers will extend next summer and he'll get big money.

New-look Defense: Hopefully the Fangio/Staley defense--which tends to use bigger fronts--can be more effective against the run while still generating pressure. Clark is well suited for it, but they don't have an Aaron Donald or a Michael Brockers. I'm cautiously optimistic that the ILBs will be a little better, and that the depth in the CB room has improved, but concerned that Z's back injury will be a problem throughout the season.

Surprisingly Important/Underrated (Offense): AJ (don't call me Corey) Dillon. I think his role will be larger than we expect on an offense that has always wanted to save Aaron Jones, and that will likely be pounding the rock late to eat clock and salt away wins. Jones will miss a couple games, and Dillon will get his chance to shine. MVS is a close second as a player that needs to be able to keep the attention of deep safeties to open the offense underneath and in the run game. Like Jones, Adams will miss a couple games, and MVS will step into the spotlight. I'd pick Myers or Newman, but they're clearly important guys we're keeping our eyes on.

Surprisingly Important/Underrated (Defense): DeVondre Campbell. As much heat as the Packers ILB have taken over the years, he's at least a small upgrade with a reputation for being available, healthy, a competitor, and not a total liability in coverage. He's no one we'll mistake for Devon White, but he should be steady and be one of the better all-around ILB the Packers have had in a while--which isn't saying much, but will be a plus.

Packers/Saints: Saints are a shell of what they were the last couple years. If the Packers avoid TOs and dumb mistakes, they should be able to contain Kamara and roll.

NFCN: don't be surprised if the Packers are the only team to crack the win column week 1. The Rams will take it to the Bears and hang 35 on them. Dalton only makes it 3 weeks, and Fields will make his first start at home v. the Lions. The Lions made some smart moves in the trenches and will be surprisingly competitive, but their lack of depth and skill position talent is damning. The Vikings are enigmatic. They can beat bad teams, but their OL has been prone to long stretches of crappy play (LT is still a problem), and their key players on defense are aging. I think Cinci's WRs against an overmatched MN secondary and MIxon's running will be the difference. Prediction: The Packers win the division by at least 3 games and are the only NFCN playoff team.

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Gee's picture

September 09, 2021 at 04:31 pm

Damn that was well put together, really like the Campbell call, if the inside lb can be more than an after thought, this defense will shine. Agree on A.J I loved Williams, but Dillon just sure a different animal, especially come winter time. No one wants to tackle let alone get run over.

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RCPackerFan's picture

September 09, 2021 at 08:18 am

Who will be the Packers’ most improved player?
I have a lot of ideas of who maybe the most improved. For this category I typically go with a 2nd or 3rd year player who is going to take a leap. One thought Gary who looks like he is about to burst onto the scene big time this year. Savage would be another choice. Keke looks like he is going to be a starter. But my choice is Krys Barnes. Going from and UDFA last year to starting ILB and making the calls was really impressive. But this year, there is a new defense. A defense in which the new DC has a pretty good history of having good ILB's. Barnes is the guy who I think will be most improved this year!

Who will be the Packers’ most valuable player not named Aaron Rodgers?
Adams is a great choice. Same with Alexander. But the guy I'm thinking is Elgton Jenkins. He can play all 5 positions, but the most important on the OL is LT. Jenkins moving out there gives them the best option at LT. I think he is our most important player after Rodgers.

How will the Packers’ new-look defense perform?
This is what we are all waiting to see. Regardless of the scheme I think the players are better. Preston looks to be taking off this year. Keke looks like he will emerge. Barnes and Campbell look to be a stronger ILB pair then we have had. Amos and Savage are one of the best Safety duo's in the league.

Who will be the most surprisingly important or underrated Packer of 2021?
A name that really doesn't get mentioned a lot but looks like he is poised to step up is Keke. He is listed as a starter on the depth chart. He provides a really good inside pass rush. With the attention from the outside pass rushers, and Clark. Keke should get a lot of one on ones. This is where the DL could really take over.

Quick outlook for Packers vs. Saints
One major difference from the Drew Brees led offense is that they actually have to defend the deep ball now. Brees wasn't throwing the ball over 20 yards unless a guy was wide open. It will be harder to defend then it was with Brees. But that being said, Winston will give them some chances at turning the ball over. They have to capitalize it.
While it will be hot, it won't be in the loud dome for the first game. And moved to a place where a lot of packer fans will likely come now. This coudl go from a road game in one of the hardest environments to an away home game.

Only 3 days! In words of famous Bart Scott - Can't Wait!!!

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dobber's picture

September 09, 2021 at 08:34 am

"A name that really doesn't get mentioned a lot but looks like he is poised to step up is Keke"

I think he's a good call, too. He's finally going to get his chance at extended snaps--if he can stay on the field. Health will be the key with Keke.

"A defense in which the new DC has a pretty good history of having good ILB's."

If the preseason is any indicator, Barry may be more active with those ILBs and having them playing downhill more--attacking the LOS, blitzing, etc. I'm certainly looking for more splash plays out of the ILBs this season.

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PeteK's picture

September 09, 2021 at 09:23 am

RC/Dob, reminds me of how deep we are in many positions with a blend of youthful veterans. Could we withstand injuries to key positions for a few games? We did somewhat last season and are in better position this season.

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ricky's picture

September 09, 2021 at 08:34 am

This is definitely a "SB or Bust" year for the Packers. But until they prove they can beat the Bucs, they're not going to the big game. And as far as MVP other than Rodgers? I'd go with Aaron Jones, a guy who can break a huge run anytime, can catch the ball in space and can block very well. And as far as Adams and Rodgers being a deadly TD duo, recall the waning moments of the championship game last year. The Packers desperately needed a TD to stay in contention, they were close, and Rodgers decided that only Adams was going to be targeted. And it failed, and they kicked a FG, kicked off, and the game was all but over. On defense, let's hope there is some improvement, especially on third down, where opposing teams seemed to get first downs with maddening ease. Also, it seems your prediction of four losses is very optimistic. SF, Pittsburgh, Arizona and the Rams are all on the schedule, and all will also be really tough games. Still, I'm very hopeful, because next year is going to see the departure of a lot of high profile names from the Packers, starting with Rodgers, Adams and probably both Smiths.

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dobber's picture

September 09, 2021 at 10:11 am

"This is definitely a "SB or Bust" year for the Packers. But until they prove they can beat the Bucs, they're not going to the big game. "

I respect that logic, and you're probably right, but there are a lot of teams not named Tampa on the schedule and there's a lot that needs to happen for Tampa to be the next opponent up. I'm not going to worry about TB until they're on the schedule or until playoff seeding is involved.

That said, I wouldn't be too sad if their team bus was struck by an asteroid on the way to the stadium tonight.

Put your best team together, play good football, get better every week, and let the chips fall.

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Difer's picture

September 09, 2021 at 09:05 am

This is the very best time of the season for Packer fans, when unbridled hope and optimism reign. Just two more days until the Pack's regular season kicks off and reality takes over. Enjoy it while it lasts.

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September 09, 2021 at 09:29 am

Can't find a lot of fault with the author's opinions. I'd probably pick Rashan Gary as a more important piece. Have to disagree with, "...insanely reliable hands" in a description of Adams as I think he's got average hands, although a really good "late hands" technique to go along with his insane footwork. I think I'd go with Dobbers' list over Tim Backes choices, but at this point it's all personal choice/opinions so this article can stir up some mild debate. Looking forward to a REAL Packers game (and one that is televised live in Tucson for a change) and what should be a decisive first week win. GPG.

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Qoojo's picture

September 09, 2021 at 10:17 am

I am pessimistic about the defense until proven otherwise. I can't even feign optimistic improvement for them on defense, other than "it's different so maybe it will get better". So I think this season will be a repeat of the last two, only maybe slightly worse record. In the playoffs, it all depends on when they meet up with a defense that can rush Rodgers and/or when the defense cannot even make one stop aka rinse and repeat of the past.

But once again, it's all about the improvement on defense. Pretty much the same story every year since Reggie White left the team, except for the years where the starting QB was injured, or felt like he wasn't getting enough attention so gave up.

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croatpackfan's picture

September 09, 2021 at 11:33 am

You forget how Packers D not only stopped TB and Brady in second half. They made 3 TO in the second half. What went wrong with O is still beautifull mistery...

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September 09, 2021 at 01:19 pm

Qoojo, I realize you are disappointed in the defense, but there is reason for optimism with an improving Gary and a young improving defensive secondary. This is what PFF has to say about the Packers defense last year and had them ranked number 10 behind the top ranked Rams and other defensive power houses like the Bucs and Steelers:

Green Bay’s season ended in part because Kevin King and the secondary couldn’t stop the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Championship game. That belies how good the unit as a whole was for much of the season. Rashan Gary began to put it together as a pass-rusher last season, and a continuation of that performance into this year would give the Packers an imposing edge rush tandem with Za’Darius Smith. Gary had 46 total pressures over the season including the playoffs, and three of his final six games saw him notch five or more in a game.

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September 09, 2021 at 10:41 am

A lot depends on this OL. They better come through. My pick for most improved player will be Dillion. This Defense only has to tackle. If they can do that. The rest falls into place. Put Rodgers on any team in the Division. And they'd be favorites to go to the super-bowl. I'm taking King as my most under rated player. He will lead the team in Ints. Finally the Saints aren't what they were. They have new Faces. Stop the run. You stop the Saints.

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September 09, 2021 at 11:04 am

As I posted on another thread earlier this week I'm going with a 12-5 record for the Packers with the NFCN division win for 2021.

Most improved player will be Rashan Gary, not because he isn't good already but because he will play enough snaps to actually make a consistent difference for the Packers defense and he may even evolve into a dominating player.

MVP not named Aaron Rodgers I'm hoping will be Aaron Jones. MLF's offense is built around him and if he can remain healthy for all 17 games he should be the key to the success of the Packers offense in 2021. he can score from anywhere on the field via the run or the pass and DCs will need to account for him on every play that he is on the field.

Since I haven't seen "new look" defense I'm hoping that they will be more aggressive and play with a sense of urgency. Better tackling is a minimum requirement and ending the 3 man pass rush and soft coverage needs to end. Tackle better, harass the QB and create turnovers. That is what I'm hoping the new look defense will be.

Most surprising, underrated Packer will be TJ Slayton. He may start the season slowly but he will get better and stronger as the season goes on and contribute to Kenny Clark becoming a major force for the Packers DL.

Come the playoffs is when we will see if this team has actually improved or not in 2021. Will the defense be able to make stops and get off the field before allowing easy TDs. Will they be able to stop a top tier QB/offense or will they surrender they're usual 35+ points in a playoff/chamionship game? Can the STs, aside from Crosby, at least not contribute to a loss if not actually contributing to a victory? If the offense remains healthy and Bak returns the Packers should be able to score on anyone especially if we can generate 100+ yards rushing against a playoff caliber defensive opponent like the Bucs.

The answers to these and no doubt a few other questions will determine how deep the Packers go into the playoffs. If they can enter the playoffs relatively healthy and hopefully as the hot playoff team the Packers should hoist another Lombardi Trophy following the SB. However, there are literally hundreds if not thousands of variables between now and the SB which will impact the Packers destiny in 2021. For now, one play, one series, one game at a time. Beat the Saints this week and go from there. GPG! Thanks, Since '61

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September 09, 2021 at 11:38 am

"For now, one play, one series, one game at a time. Beat the Saints this week and go from there. GPG!"

I agree completely. It is long road to post season, and that road contains a lot of days to be there. Lets go step (game) by step (game). At the end we will find who are this year Packers.

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Packers0808's picture

September 09, 2021 at 02:03 pm

I really really hope the underrated player is NOT the SPECIAL TEAMS! Rest of team will be fine the way it looks and only get better when Bakh reappears!

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Ferrari-Driver's picture

September 09, 2021 at 11:43 am

Tim, time flies and it certainly doesn't feel like it's been 10 years since our last Lombardi Trophy. Like many of the Packer fans, I do believe this is going to be one season where our expectations are high and they are justified. If we can keep our blue chip players like Rodgers, Jones, Adams healthy and most of our other starters in good shape chances are good that we can get to the Super Bowl and bring home a win.

Be thankful that we are not Vikings fans and have to look at a trophy case without a single Lombardi Trophy to be found. We may have a 10 year drought which may be about to end, but the Vikings have a dearth.

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September 09, 2021 at 12:02 pm

Great write up Tim, especially about the Stout, one of my favorite type of beers.

IMO, This team from top to bottom is the best lineup since the SB run in the mid 90’s. Packers have pro bowl/all pro at all key positions, QB, CB, LT and OLB. Add in WR and a rising star at Safety or should I say the “star” position. Let’s not forget RB and a DL named Clark. They also have depth in case of injuries. We need to get thru the first 6 games without Bak at a minimum of 4-2.

Of course, that is all on paper, but with an innovative HC and hopefully a DC who learned a lot from Fangio who orchestrates this talent just as highly on the field. 13 wins is likely and going all the way is our expectation.

For those of you who wanted “all in”, this is what it looks like. I hope it pays off.

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September 09, 2021 at 12:29 pm

Who will be the most surprisingly important or underrated Packer of 2021? Hands down, the new punter. Welcome to Green Bay, hopefully this is the start of a quietly beautiful partnership. GPG

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NitschkeFromTheGrave's picture

September 10, 2021 at 10:51 am

I’m going to go with a loose prediction of 12 & 5 or better (the better is a simple homerism). If the Defense magically turns into something (not holding my breath) it would be feasible to add 2, maybe 2.5 to the win column. I’m afraid if the defense don’t find their groove then we loose to the Bucs in the conference championship if not before.

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PatrickGB's picture

September 10, 2021 at 02:05 pm

Today I think 11-6. No Bak and no (or limited) Z could mean that they team starts a tad slow against some tough teams. However, I do see them (baring injury’s) finish strong, top the division and make the playoffs.

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