The Green Bay Packers failed to deliver on Super Bowl expectations in 2019 as they were out-classed by the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. That loss really helped analysts realize the sheer gap in talent between the teams, and Green Bay didn't do much at all to mask those blemishes this offseason.
As a result, fans in Wisconsin shouldn't at all be surprised if the Packers endure similar hardships this year. With this in mind, here are three concealed pitfalls that could devastate their 2020 season.
3. Tension Between Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur
If there was one alarming takeaway from Matt LaFleur's first season as head coach of the Packers, it was that his relationship with Aaron Rodgers looked strained seemingly on a regular basis. That certainly didn't change this offseason as he wholly backed the organization's shocking decision to trade up and select Rodgers' successor, Jordan Love, in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. You have to think this tension will carry over into the upcoming season.
2. Their Putrid Run Defense
As formidable as the Packers were at rushing opposing quarterbacks with Za'Darius and Preston Smith leading the way in 2019, they were equally woeful at stopping the run. Look no further than the NFC Championship Game, in which the 49ers totaled 285 yards on the ground. That's atrocious and Green Bay won't be making any noise in the playoffs in 2020 if they don't improve their run defense, which ranked 23rd in the league in total rushing yards allowed.
1. Their Offense is Legitimately Average
There's no hiding the fact that the Packers offense was the very definition of pedestrian last season, and we don't see how things will improve after a lackluster offseason. For the year, Green Bay ranked 18th in the NFL in yards per game and 15th in points per contest. If the wizard that is Aaron Rodgers can't overcome the team's glaring weaknesses, then nobody will. Fans in Green Bay should be preparing for another frustrating campaign in which the Packers struggle to put games away.