During the 2019 season, the Green Bay Packers put together a truly impressive 13-3 record and made it all the way to the NFC Championship Game. They will not fare nearly as well in 2020 based on ESPN’s projections.
ESPN doesn’t envision that type of success again for the Packers in 2020. In fact, their league-wide projection involves Green Bay finishing with just a 7-9 record and that puts them fourth in the NFC North standings.
Interestingly enough, the Lions managing to finish second in the NFC North because they go 7-8-1 as opposed 7-9. Getting credit for half of a win was enough to put them ahead of both the Chicago Bears and the Packers in the standings.
Perhaps most fascinating of all, the Packers are projected to hold a 5-2 record and be tied with the Minnesota Vikings for first in the NFC North through Week 8. After that, Green Bay finishes with a 2-7 with their only wins coming against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers.
While it’s genuinely plausible to envision the Vikings finish in the top spot of the NFC North standings, it’s very difficult to foresee the Packers having such a poor season. Green Bay has plenty of difficult matchups, but have more than enough talent to post a winning record, at the very least.
For the Packers, it would be a disaster to finish with such a poor record. It would be difficult to justify not undergoing a full-rebuild and possibly moving on from Aaron Rodgers to give Jordan Love plenty of real experience on the field in 2021.
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