A game against the reigning MVP, with a chip on his shoulder no less, is always a daunting matchup. How will Kansas City welcome the Green Bay Packers?
Saying that quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers dominated the offseason is an understatement.
Rumors and reports were rampant, speculating that Rodgers wanted out of Green Bay, no matter the money. While Rodgers is still the Packers’ top quarterback, he enters the season as the 2020 MVP and looks to take Green Bay as far as he can.
Rodgers earned the highest PFF grade of his career, earning a 94.5 grade in 2020. While the heir apparent quarterback Jordan Love is already in Green Bay, Rodgers has stepped up his game to another level.
Wide receiver Davante Adams has been the primary recipient of Rodgers’ recent success. PFF writer Anthony Treash says it all about Adams’ success in 2020:
"“Adams was the highest-graded (92.2), most valuable (0.9 WAR) and most productive (2.96 yards per route run) wide receiver of the 2020 season. He is indisputably the top player at the position entering 2021. It doesn’t matter who lines up across from him — he’s a threat on any given play with his route running and release package.”"
Adams is an absolute receiving clinic to watch, getting separation and looking like the league’s most dominant wide receiver in years.
Lost in the hype of Rodgers and Adams is top 10 running back Aaron Jones. His 1,104 rushing yards and nine touchdowns led the Packers to finish 8th in the league in rushing. Green Bay rewarded him with a four-year, $48 million contract in March, locking Jones in Green Bay through his prime. An underrated aspect of Jones’ game is him as a receiving threat. He finished 3rd on the team with 47 receptions out of the backfield, a good weapon for the Packers to have. But, Jones as a rushing weapon is his moneymaker.
What about against Kansas City?
On paper, this game should be a shootout, kin to the legendary 2018 Chiefs-Los Angeles Rams game. If the Chiefs’ defense wants to contain the Packers, generating pressure will be key. Green Bay lost several key offensive linemen in the offseason, whether to free agency or they were released. Look for pressure attacking a weak right side of the offensive line, putting the Chiefs’ defense in control.