Each week on Friday a member of the cover32 Packers staff will answer the burning question surrounding the team. This week it is Managing Editor Bobby Burack
1. As of now, the Green Bay Packers are set at the fourth highest Super Bowl odds, according to Vegas with 12/1 odds. Behind Atlanta, Dallas, and New England. Is this where the Packers should be?
Burack: Of course these odds have the potential to change drastically post-NFL Draft, but as of now, fourth is about right. Even though the Packers are fourth, they have the same 12/1 odds as the third team Atlanta, and fifth Seattle. The Packers once again lacked to making any significant additions to their roster this offseason; while losing pieces on defense. As for the teams ahead of them, New England looks like prohibited favorites to win it all next, in doing so they would be the first team to back-to-back since they did it back in Super Bowl’s XXXVIII and XXXIX. The Dallas Cowboys will be an interesting team to see how Dak Prescott will fair in his sophomore season. But with the best offensive line in football and incredible weapons around, him they look to be a the top team in the NFC. Atlanta and Green Bay on paper look to be even, behind two of top quarterbacks in the game; however, after what Atlanta did in the NFC Championship game, they get the edge.
2. With the 29th overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, should the team consider trading out of the pick?
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Burack: Yes, looking at the past first rounders the team, and others have drafted in the past few seasons, most are not any good. There have been numerous gems found in the later rounds. The draft should be looked at like this, it is full of talented players that could be hit or miss. As it is shown when the players become a pro, many of them are not worth a point in a game. Of course, there are exceptions if a team believes they have found their next franchise quarterback, but in the Packers case, they are looking for quality players to surround the team. Why not get multiple hit and miss player as opposed to a few expensive ones?
3. According to Lions president Rod Woodson, the NFL will release its’ 2017 schedule on Thursday, April 2017. It is already announced who each team will play and where at, but the days and order are not yet known to the public. What are the thoughts on the opponents the Packers will be facing?
Burack: First off, let’s look at who they will be playing on the road and at home. At Lambeau Field in 2017, the Packers will host Chicago, Detriot, Minnesota, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Seattle. As for their road schedule, Chicago, Detriot, Minnesota, Atlanta, Dallas, Cleveland, Carolina, and Pittsburgh will all host the Packers. At first glance, the home schedule does not look too daunting. While Seattle will no doubt will be a tough out, the Packers should be favored to win all eight of those games. The road schedule is a tad tougher. Going to Atlanta must serve as a redemption game after getting smoked there in the NFC Championship game, as well as losing to them in the thrilling regular season game a year ago. Dallas, as mentioned earlier, is favored to win the NFC and it has become a tough place to play in what many call it, “Jerry World”. A trip to Pittsburgh is not ideal either. Not to mention none of the division games will be an easy out.
–– Bobby Burack covers the Green Bay Packers and is the Managing Editor for cover32 Packers. Connect and follow on Twitter @bburack16