The Packers will win because
Their offense is back to full strength and is capable of outscoring anyone. Aaron Rodgers’ return in Week 17 against the Bears from a fractured collarbone started in unpleasant fashion, with two interceptions on the first two drives, but ended masterfully as the QB led a critical 15-play, 87-yard drive for the division-winning touchdown. Slot receiver Randall Cobb returned last week as well, and made an instant impact with two scores. Jordy Nelson averaged more than 100 yards per game when Rodgers throws the passes. Rookie running back Eddie Lacy adds a tough, physical presence on the ground to take pressure off Rodgers and the passing offense, making the play-action pass more effective. With an offensive line whose opening-week starters have started a combined 78 of 80 possible games, the offensive skill players should have room to maneuver and put a hefty number of points on the board. The biggest question is whether the defense can come up with the timely turnovers to keep the Packers’ opponents from keeping pace with Rodgers and company.