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It’s been a rough few seasons for a franchise used to being in the playoffs. So what do the numbers say about the Green Bay Packers in 2019?
It’s a franchise that is accustomed to winning championships. At the very least, the team that resides in “Titletown” is used to posting winning seasons and reaching the playoffs. But that hasn’t been the case the past two years for the Green Bay Packers.
Regardless of the reasons, a club finished 7-9 in 2017 and followed that up with a 6-9-1 showing this past season. Keep in mind that this was an organization that from 2009-16 owned a combined 87-40-1 record and reached the season in each of those eight campaigns.
The new head coach in Green Bay is Matt LaFleur, who a year ago was the offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans. He takes over for Mike McCarthy, who was with the Packers for more than a decade, led them to nine playoff appearances and a victory in Super Bowl XLV. But he was dismissed 12 games into last year’s disappointing showing.
So it’s onward to 2019. Under second-year general manager Brian Gutekunst, the organization uncharacteristically spent its share of money in free agency this offseason. The Packers were still very busy during the draft, adding a pair of first-round picks and eight selections overall.
So can the Packers bounce back and return to the postseason for the first time since 2016? What do the facts and figures tell us about the Packers over the next four-plus months?