NFL odds handicappers know that Aaron Rodgers is developing into an elite quarterback that will be a key asset with the NFL betting odds but defense could be the ultimate factor for Green Bay.
In last week’s 59-24 blowout win over the Indianapolis Colts Rodgers was again phenomenal as he has been throughout the preseason as he was 21-29 passing for 195 yards. Rodgers has thrown 6 preseason touchdown passes so far in limited action and looks to be in Pro Bowl form.
Defense, however, continues to be an area of grave concern for Green Bay. While the unit showed marked improvement last season under first year defensive coordinator and veteran strategic guru Dom Capers, it was shell shocked for 531 yards and 51 points in a playoff loss at Arizona and has not played well in preseason.
The Colts scored 22 seconds into the game which has been emblematic of the starting unit’s woes this summer. The starting unit for the Colts took a 17-7 lead over the Packers top unit.
Last year Green Bay was second overall for yards allowed and had the top run defense in the NFL. The Packers also led the NFL in takeaways. Cornerback Charles Woodson was the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year and the Packers allowed less than 16 points per game in the final 8 games of the year.
All of those positives point out that the unit does have the ability to be an asset with the NFL betting lines.
It is that playoff debacle at Arizona that has cast a shadow over the Pack and their long term prospects with the NFL lines. The defense must prove that the regular season results of last year were more indicative of how the unit will perform as many handicappers now believe that the Green Bay stop unit could be a potential fraud.
To be fair the Packers were without linebacker Clay Matthews, defensive end Cullen Jenkins, safety Atari Bigby, and cornerback Al Harris against the Colts.
Head coach Mike McCarthy said that the unstable lineup has been a problem with the NFL odds.
“The injuries have kept us from getting the continuity that you would like,” said McCarthy.
When healthy the Packers expect improvement on defense to not let the efforts of Rodgers to go to waste.