Without Aaron Rodgers for most of the season, Green Bay’s offense struggled. So when the season ended with the team’s first losing record and no playoffs since 2008, the team let defensive coordinator Dom Capers go. The Packers have been in the middle of the pack or worse defensively since their Super Bowl winning season in 2010, but Rodgers and an electric offense was able to mask the deficiencies.
That all changed back on October 15 when Rodgers was pile-driven into the turf by Minnesota’s Anthony Barr, changing the landscape of the NFC North and Green Bay’s season. The Pack was 4-1 and in first-place entering that contest with Rodgers putting up dazzling numbers once again that had many talking of another MVP.
After patching a roster together through the draft the last several years and sticking with the same core group and coaching staff, the Packers are in need of an overhaul after Rodgers’ injury showed what the franchise will look like when he does leave. And it wasn’t pretty. The defense has already changed with the firing of Capers and two of his assistants. But the talent needs to be upgraded on that side of the ball, especially up front where pressure was lacking. Green Bay should be back in contention next season with a healthy Rodgers back behind center, and if they make the right moves this offseason, they could easily be back in the Super Bowl discussion.
2017 Record: 7-9
2017 ATS Record: 7-9
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 11-5
Current Super Bowl Odds: N/A
Current Odds to Win NFC: N/A
Current Odds to Win NFC North: N/A
Week 17: Lions 35, Packers 11
ATS Result: Lions -7.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 44.5
Getting shredded for three touchdowns by Matthew Stafford was the final blow that ended the career of defensive coordinator Dom Capers. The Packers just weren’t good enough after Rodgers was lost for the year and Brett Hundley couldn’t save the season. After throwing a pair of picks and losing a fumble, Hundley was yanked in this one in favor of Joe Callahan. It didn’t matter, though. The Lions scored 27 consecutive points after the Pack took a 3-0 lead, sending Green Bay to its third straight ATS loss.
Week 16: Vikings 16, Packers 0
ATS Result: Vikings -8.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 41
The Packers finally got a strong game from their defense, but they failed to score for the second time this season and lost their second straight ATS while cashing the under for the first time in five games. Trailing 13-0 in the third, the Pack had the ball at the Vikings 13 before turning it over on downs, ending their last chance at scoring. Green Bay’s first trip into Minnesota territory ended when Hundley threw the first of his two picks late in the first half.
Week 15: Panthers 31, Packers 24
ATS Result: Panthers -3
Over/Under Total Result: Over 46.5
Rodgers got back in the groove quickly throwing a pair of touchdown passes for a 14-10 halftime lead. But Carolina dialed up the pressure in the second half and the defense couldn’t stop Cam Newton. Rodgers got the Pack within the final score late in the fourth and they recovered the onside kick with a chance to tie. But Geronimo Allison was stripped and the Panthers recovered, sending Green Bay to the ATS loss.
Week 14: Packers 27, Browns 21 (OT)
ATS Result: Packers -2.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 38.5
Hundley looked like Rodgers in the fourth quarter, leading Packers back from a 14-point deficit to get the cover win in overtime. Williams cut the lead to seven early in the fourth and the Pack got a crucial 65-yard punt return from Trevor Davis to set up Hundley’s short pass to Davante Adams with 17 seconds left to tie the score. Hundley and Adams hooked up for the game-winner on Green Bay’s second OT possession.
Week 13: Packers 26, Buccaneers 20 (OT)
ATS Result: Packers -3
Over/Under Total Result: Over 45
The Packers got the game to overtime on a Mason Crosby field goal with two minutes left in regulation and got the cover win on the first drive of the extra session when Aaron Jones scampered 20-yards on his only carry. The Packers blew a 17-7 lead and fell behind with six minutes left before Hundley engineered a 70-yard drive for the tying kick.
Week 12: Steelers 31, Packers 28
ATS Result: Packers +14
Over/Under Total Result: Over 42.5
The Packers hung in there and nearly got the outright win as a 14-point dog. They twice led by a touchdown and tied the game late on a Jamaal Williams touchdown run. They even got the ball back with just over a minute remaining, but went three-and-out giving it right back with enough time for the Steelers to get into field goal range for the winner.
Week 11: Ravens 23, Packers 0
ATS Result: Ravens -2.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 38.5
The Ravens brought the pressure and Hundley couldn’t handle it, tossing three interceptions and taking six sacks. The offense never found a groove and Green Bay was blanked for the first time in over a decade, failing to cover the spread in the process. The Pack played a solid defensive game, holding the Ravens to 219 yards, but you can’t win you don’t score. You don’t cash the over either.
Week 10: Packers 23, Bears 16
ATS Result: Packers +4.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 37.5
The Packers were aided by a video review that went in their favor, a 36-yard Montgomery touchdown run and Hundley’s scoring pass to Davante Adams to end a three-game SU and ATS losing streak. Perry added three sacks to prevent the Bears from mounting a comeback, though the low total was eclipsed with a late Chicago field goal.
Week 9: Lions 30, Packers 17
ATS Result: Lions -2.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 42.5
The Packers took the opening kickoff and marched 58-yards only to have the drive stall and Mason Crosby’s field goal attempt blocked. That may have changed the outcome, but the Packers couldn’t contain Stafford and they were down 20-3 before Hundley reached the end zone early in the fourth. Detroit rattled off 10 points after that to easily cover the spread sending the Pack to a third straight ATS loss. Over bettors cashed when Jamaal Williams scored with no time remaining.
Week 8: BYE
Week 7: Saints 26, Packers 17
ATS Result: Saints -3.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 45.5
The start was good but the ending flopped. The Packers took 7-0 lead just two minutes in on a 46-yard touchdown run by Aaron Jones and Hundley’s scored early in the second quarter for a 14-7 lead. The game turned into a defensive battle and the Pack took their last lead on a Mason Crosby field goal early in the fourth quarter. The Saints got the backdoor cover when Drew Brees scored with less than five minutes remaining and Hundley tossed a pick on the Packers’ final possession.
Week 6: Vikings 23, Packers 10
ATS Result: Vikings +3
Over/Under Total Result: Under 46
The game was lost when Rodgers went down on Green Bay’s second possession. Hundley forged a tie with a scoring pass to Adams in the second quarter, but the Vikings dialed up the pressure and Hundley had a tough time responding. The Packers defense was strong, but they couldn’t overcome the loss of their leader and lost outright while playing below the closing total.
Week 5: Packers 35, Cowboys 31
ATS Result: Packers +2.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 52
Instead of settling for a field goal and a tie that would’ve taken the game to OT, the Packers went for it and got the win with a last second touchdown pass from Rodgers. With the best QB in the game, why not go for it. Green Bay came out a winner in regulation and paid off its backers by winning outright. The Pack used a balanced offensive attack and got a pick-six from Damarius Randall to cash the over for a fourth straight game.
Week 4: Packers 35, Bears 14
ATS Result: Packers -7.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 44
Thanks to Mike Glennon the Packers didn’t have to worry about their patched up offensive line. In fact the group was pretty damn good when the Pack took the opening kickoff and drove 75 yards in 10 plays to get the rout started. The defense forced a fumble on Chicago’s first offensive play and Rodgers cashed in a few plays later. Before you could blink the Packers were up 14-0 and on their way to an easy cover win.
Week 3: Packers 27, Bengals 24 (OT)
ATS Result: Bengals +7
Over/Under Total Result: Over 47.5
Rodgers worked his magic saving the Packers from an embarrassing loss. He tossed a tying touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson with three seconds left, and his 72-yard completion to Geronimo Allison set up Mason Crosby’s game-winning field goal in overtime. The Pack failed to cover for the second straight week, but the over improved to 2-1, thanks to Rodgers’ heroics.
Week 2: Falcons 34, Packers 23
ATS Result: Falcons -3
Over/Under Total Result: Over 55
Take out the second quarter and the Packers win the game 23-17. Unfortunately, they can’t do that and the 17-0 outburst in that frame was the difference. The Pack couldn’t move the ball and allowed Atlanta to score twice after punts. The third score was a back-breaker. The Falcons cashed in late in the half following an interception to take a 24-7 lead at the break. Atlanta scored early in the third on a fumble return to seal the game. The Pack scored twice in the fourth to surpass the total, but it wasn’t enough.
Week 1: Packers 17, Seahawks 9
ATS Result: Packers -2.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 49.5
The Packers were shutout in the first half and trailed 3-0 at the intermission, but that didn’t deter Rodgers or the defense. Daniels made the biggest play of the game with his strip-sack, which was recovered by Kyle Fackrell at the Seattle 6-yard line. Green Bay took the lead on the very next play with Ty Montgomery scooting into the end zone. After a Seattle field goal, the Pack marched for another touchdown and got a field goal on their next possession. Green Bay ran off the final after Seattle pulled within 17-9, never giving the Seahawks a chance to tie the game.
Preseason Record: 3-1
ATS Record: 3-0-1
Over/Under Total Record: 0-4
The Packers and Seahawks have played on even terms since the 2009 season with each winning three games. But homefield advantage has been just that in this series with the hosts winning each of those six games. And Green Bay’s streak at Lambeau dates back even farther. The Pack has won seven straight at home against Seattle dating back to the 2003 season and is 5-1-1 ATS. They’ve also scored an average of nearly 39 points per game over the last four.
Week 1: Packers vs. Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 10, 4:25 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 2: Packers at Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 17, 8:30 p.m.ET – NBC
Week 3: Packers vs. Bengals, Sunday, Sept. 24, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 4: Packers vs. Bears, Thursday, Sept. 28, 8:25 p.m. ET – CBS/NFL Network
Week 5: Packers at Cowboys, Sunday, Oct. 8, 4:25 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 6: Packers at Vikings, Sunday, Oct. 15, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 7: Packers vs. Saints, Sunday, Oct. 22, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 8: Bye Week
Week 9: Packers vs. Lions, Monday, Nov. 6, 8:30 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 10: Packers at Bears, Sunday, Nov. 12, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 11: Packers vs. Ravens, Sunday, Nov. 19, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 12: Packers at Steelers, Sunday, Nov. 26, 8:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 13: Packers vs. Buccaneers, Sunday Dec. 3, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 14: Packers at Browns, Sunday, Dec. 10, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 15: Packers at Panthers, Sunday, Dec. 17, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 16: Packers vs. Vikings, Saturday, Dec. 23, 8:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 17: Packers at Lions, Sunday, Dec. 31, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
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