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Sports Illustrated makes bittersweet prediction for Green Bay Packers in 2022

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Sports Illustrated made 100 bold predictions for the 2022 season this week and they made a prediction for the Green Bay Packers that can best be described as “bittersweet”.

The iconic national sports publication predicts that the Buffalo Bills will beat the Packers in Super Bowl LVII.

From SI:

Buffalo is among the most well coached and complete teams in football. While there is an obvious concern with both of these teams losing their offensive coordinators in 2021 to the head coaching circuit (the Packers’ Nathaniel Hackett is in Denver, while Brian Daboll left the Bills to become the head coach of the Giants), both teams, assuming they stay healthy, went above and beyond this offseason solidifying remaining needs.

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Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) runs onto the field before a game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

It’s encouraging to see SI predicting that Green Bay will return to the Super Bowl this upcoming season for the first time since winning it in early 2011.

But at the same time, it feels like it’s Lombardi trophy or bust for the Packers in 2022. Aaron Rodgers isn’t getting any younger and he could decide to call it quits for good at any time. Green Bay’s Super Bowl window will immediately close once Rodgers retires.

As for the prediction that the Packers will lose to the Bills, that’s not really a surprise. Buffalo is the “it team” of the offseason. I’m not sure I’ve seen a prediction yet where they don’t at least reach the AFC Championship team. Pre-season media darlings, however, usually don’t end up delivering on the hype, so Bills fans should probably be cautious with their optimism.

The Packers, along with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, are one of the best bets to win the NFC. And that will be the case as long as Rodgers and Tom Brady are still under center.

Featured image via Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wis / USA TODAY NETWORK

Zach Ragan
I write about sports stuff. Long-suffering Mets fan from the south. You can complain about me on Twitter at @zachTNT

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