Nobody scored more points in the NFL last year than the Green Bay Packers. They're favored to do it again this year, and Packers just might belong in your football picks.
The Green Bay Packers led the league in scoring last year with 486 points, and they return nearly all of their offensive players for 2015. Let's dig deep, peel back the layers, and see if there's some more gold underneath all that cheese, as Packers +450 are favorite at Bet365.
Leather and Lacy
First and foremost, 2014 wasn't the first time during the Mike McCarthy-Aaron Rodgers Era that the Packers finished first in scoring. They also did it in 2011 with a whopping 560 points. The common factor: Rodgers led the NFL both years in Net Yards gained per pass attempt while earning First-Team All-Pro honors.
The Packers did this despite not even coming close to leading the NFL in pass attempts. What they did have was the most efficient offense in the league in both 2011 and 2014, according to the advanced stats at Football Outsiders. Last year's offense had a delightful balance between Rodgers and RB Eddie Lacy, who was good for 4.6 yards per carry. Both players enter the 2015 campaign at the top of their game.
Rodgers will also have his top three receivers from last year. Jordy Nelson (98 catches), Randall Cobb (91 catches) and Davante Adams (38 catches) all return from the 2014 squad, and Adams could be ready to make the leap this year as a sophomore. Green Bay also spent a third-round draft pick on Stanford WR Ty Montgomery, who was an All-American as a return specialist. The Packers did well on punt returns last year, but DuJuan Harris wasn't nearly as good at kick returns, and conveniently enough, he's with the Minnesota Vikings now. A yard is a yard, even if it comes on special teams.
If there's one area where the Packers offense could use some improvement, it's on the offensive line. This unit finished eighth in the NFL last year in run blocking and No. 13 in pass protection, again according to Football Outsiders. But that's still in the top half of the league, and this year's line should be even better with center Corey Linsley entering his second year in the bigs after a promising rookie season. There's really not too much to complain about here if you're a Packers fan. As for our NFL picks., we've still got some other teams to look at, but Green Bay is definitely in our cross-hairs for this bet.