Preseason odds for NFL teams is a good way to look back to see expectations for the season and start to understand where things went wrong or right. Below, we will take a look at DraftKings Sportsbook’s preseason odds for win totals, division titles, player props and more while we discuss what led to their triumphs or disappointments.
Super Bowl: +2200
NFC North: +190 (finished first)
Win Total Over/Under: 9 (finished 13-3)
Aaron Rodgers: Total passing yards, 4250.5 (finished with 4,002)
Aaron Rodgers: Total passing touchdowns, 30.5 (finished with 26)
Aaron Jones: Total rushing yards, 1025.5 (finished with 1,084)
Davante Adams: Total receiving yards, 1300.5 (finished with 997)
Davante Adams: Total rushing touchdowns, 10.5 (finished with 5)
The Green Bay Packers exceeded expectations in their first year under first time head coach Matt LeFleur after missing the playoffs for two consecutive seasons. But a change in leadership didn’t make the team’s offense any more explosive. Rodgers and Adams are the dynamic duo that leads the Packers’ offense, and both missed their prop bets for 2019. Nevertheless, Green Bay was one win away from making a Super Bowl appearance.
Rodgers wasn’t too short of his expected totals for passing yards and passing touchdowns, but he was visibly frustrated with the direction of the offense early in the year. Rodgers fell from grace over the course of the season and was no longer looked at as the perennial MVP contender he’s been for years. Adams was the only member of his receiving corps Rodgers showed faith in consistently, and Aaron Jones’ emergence as a top-tier back helped make up for the Packers’ lack of dynamic pass catchers on the outside.
Green Bay’s defense was its calling card early in the year, but its strength wavered against the tougher competition in the playoffs. The Packers scored 48 points in the postseason, but gave up 60 to the opposition in two games. They were torched by 49ers running back Raheem Mostert’s historic performance in the NFC title game, as he ran for 220 yards and four scores. Green Bay needs more balance on the defensive line, but also a big boost in offensive firepower. Adam was the only Packer to tally more than 500 receiving yards and Jones was the team’s third leading receiver. Rodgers still has good football left in him, but he’ll need to trust his new system and his supporting cast to improve.
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