There are wildly varying opinions on the Green Bay Packers in 2022.

Some folks feel like Green Bay’s Super Bowl window has passed, while others feel confident that the Packers are one of the teams to beat in the NFC, despite trading star wide receiver Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders this offseason.

CBS Sports recently made their playoff predictions for the 2022 season and they’re firmly in the “Green Bay’s Super Bowl window has passed” camp. CBS has the Minnesota Vikings winning the NFC North and the Packers reaching the playoffs via a Wild Card spot.

From CBS Sports:

I believe Green Bay’s best window to win a Super Bowl has passed. Not buying the WR group. Getting long in the tooth in critical areas. Have lost some recently dominant players like Z’Darius Smith. Too many wasted or overly cure draft picks from recent years holding back roster development. The Vikings will have entirely different vibe with Mike Zimmer gone. They still have enough talent on defense – especially up front – to be dangerous and the offense will be a problem. First year head coach and GM aren’t under real pressure yet. Team will play hard.

Jan 22, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur (center) looks on from the sidelines in the second half against the San Francisco 49ers during a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

This feels like a prediction that was made just for the sake of being “different”.

The Packers are the obvious choice here, despite what CBS Sports says. Aaron Rodgers is still one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game. And he’s coming off back-to-back NFL MVP awards. He’s playing as well as he’s ever played.

Losing Adams hurts, but it’s important to remember that Rodgers was one of the best players in the NFL before Adams arrived in Green Bay. Adams is elite, but Rodgers made him better — not the other way around.

Predicting who will win the Super Bowl or win the division is always a toss-up (especially in May, four months before the season begins). But betting against the Packers just for the sake of being unique probably isn’t wise.

Green Bay has won three straight division titles and they have the best quarterback in the division. There’s no reason to think they’re anything but the favorites to win the NFC North for a fourth straight season.

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