The Vikings finally took the NFC North away from the grip of the Green Bay Packers in 2015. Teddy Bridgewater took a nice step forward and Adrian Peterson was as consistent as ever and led the NFL in rushing. Minnesota had the #13 defense and the #29 offense in 2015. It is a little misleading however, the Vikings had a very good 3rd and short offense and because their defense took the ball away 22 times, they got to deal with short fields a lot.
— Vikings Report (@vikings_fanly) July 18, 2016
The Green Bay Packers, on the other hand, were dealt a tough hand early on with the loss of Jordy Nelson in the preseason. Green Bay only had the 23rd ranked offense because the young receivers failed to live up to expectations. Aaron Rodgers consistently found himself frustrated with the dropped passes that he rarely had anyone he could trust to catch the ball outside of Cobb. The Packers did have the #15 defense to help offset the struggles of the offense and despite all of those factors they still almost won the NFC North. Similar to the Vikings, the Packers took the ball away 22 times and that allowed for some easy scores or not so easy depending on how much of a Packers fan you are.
Mike McCarthy expects Packers' offense to improve following subpar season https://t.co/AbskF8gBnM
— ESPN Milwaukee (@ESPNMilwaukee) July 26, 2016
I think the one person that brings a smile to all Packers fans is Jordy Nelson:
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) July 28, 2016
We must contrast last year with a healthy 2014 season for the Green Bay Packers. In 2014, the Packers had the #6 rated offense with a total production of 6,178 yards. Green Bay threw for 4,261 yards in 2014 and averaged 30.4 points per game with a healthy Nelson. Despite Jordy and his return, the Packers need Davante Adams and players like Janis or Ty Montgomery to really take a leap forward to help him out. Richard Rogers was a nice surprise during parts of the 2015 season and perhaps he can be a steady tight end for the Packers. Too often the Rodgers was forced to throw the ball away because he could not trust anyone out there. I think this year the Packers return to their 2014 form and the defense improves even more. Green Bay takes the NFC North back and challenges for a Super Bowl in 2016. Bears and Lions fans please look forward to 2017…