The Packers bounced back from a string of disappointing seasons, and turned things around in 2019 to post a record of 13-3 and secure a first round bye in the 2020 NFL playoffs. This marks the Packers first winning season and division title since 2016, a welcome start to new head coach Matt LaFleur’s tenure in Green Bay.
The Packers beat the Seahawks in the Divisional round of the playoffs, but came up short against the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, similar to 2016. With their season a wrap, we want to take a look ahead and see what the future looks like for the Packers in 2020.
When it comes to filling voids in the off season, the Packers may want to start on the defensive side of the ball. According to Football Outsiders, the Green Bay Packers have the 32nd ranked defensive line against the run in the NFL. Though they fare better against the pass, coming in at No. 10, the Packers may want to shore up their D-line by adding a forceful player in the middle of the line to improve the efficiency of already productive edge rushers like Za’darius Smith and Preston Smith.
On the offensive side, it only makes sense that the team will improve if Aaron Rodgers has more weapons to target. While Davante Adams is clearly a stud at the wide receiver position, the Packers have failed to find him a consistent complimentary player on the other side of the field. Geronimo Allison, Jake Kumerow, Ryan Grant, and Allen Lazard are all free agents in the offseason. Although Equanimeous St. Brown returns from the injured reserve next year, Aaron Rodgers would benefit from adding a solid WR2 to free up some of the focus on Davante Adams.
Rodgers has been getting by with veteran tight ends who fill in for brief stints every few years. Jimmy Graham filled the role admirably this year, but there are questions as to whether he will return for 2020. Green Bay will need to do their homework and secure a reliable tight end for Rodgers in 2020.
The present season looks promising enough and things will only get brighter for the Packers if they can fill some of these holes in the offseason.
The 2019 NFL season is coming to a close and while the playoffs are just arriving, it’s time to start looking ahead to 2020. We won’t know the full regular season schedule until April, but even with the 2019 season not finished, we know each team’s list of opponents. The NFL has a formula they use to determine opponents, with divisions and conferences rotating each year.
The Packers face their divisional opponents a total of six times. The NFC North faces the NFC South in 2020, which adds four more opponents. The NFC North also faces the AFC South in 2020, which adds an additional four opponents. The final two opponents are the teams that finish in the same standing position in the NFC East and NFC West.