Packers 2013-14 Season Odds
GREEN BAY, WI (The Spread) - After being bounced in the Division Round playoffs the last two years, will the Packers make a run at the Super Bowl in 2013?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Packers are currently 12/1 to win the 2014 Super Bowl and 11/2 to win the NFC Conference championship this season. They're also -140 to win the NFC North Division and have an over/under total of 10.5 for number of wins in 2013. The Packers are also -325 to make the playoffs and +250 to miss the postseason.
As usual, general manager Ted Thompson wasn't active in free agency. The team did add tight end Matthew Mulligan but the losses were more extensive. Long-time receiver Greg Jennings left for MInnesota, while Cedric Benson, Ryan Grant, Donald Driver, Tom Crabtree, Jeff Saturday, Erik Walden, Frank Zombo, Desmond Bishop and Charles Woodson also weren't retired.
In the draft, the Packers selected defensive lineman Datone Jones in the first round and Alabama running back Eddie Lacy in the second. In the fourth the Pack nabbed Colorado offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (who will start for the team this season), Cornell guard J.C. Tretter, and UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin. Fifth-round pick Micah Hyde of Iowa should also contribute as a role player this season.
With Aaron Rodgers under center the Packers will always be a contender. And with Lacy now in the backfield, Green Bay's running game should be more productive as well. But whether or not the offensive line can protect Rodgers for 16-plus games is the question. There are also plenty of questions surrounding the defense after Dom Capers' unit was shredded by Colin Kaepernick in the playoffs last season.
2013-14 Green Bay Packers Super Bowl Odds
Super Bowl Odds: 12/1
NFC Conference Odds: 11/2
NFC North Odds: -140
NFL Win Total: 10.5