5 Reasons the Packers Can Return to the Super Bowl
- Updated: June 21, 2016
The Return of Jordy Nelson
The first reason the Packers can return to the Super Bowl is the most obvious as we’ve heard it time and time again. Last year in a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Nelson suffered a torn ACL that would force him to sit out the entire 2015 season. Prior to this injury, Nelson had been Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target and the Packers’ number one receiver. In 2014, Jordy Nelson set career-highs in yards (1,519) and receptions (98). His 1,519 receiving yards were a franchise record as he passed Robert Brooks for most yards in a season. Without a true number one receiver, the Packers’ offense struggled mightily in 2015. Aaron Rodgers saw one of his worst seasons as a starter with career-lows in completion percentage (60.7%), passing yards (3,821), and yards per attempt (6.7). His 6.7 yards per attempt was especially alarming because it was 30th in the league. With Nelson back, the Packers no longer have the slowest group of receivers in the NFL and they have a true, proven number one receiver that has to be game planned for. Defenses won’t be able to double Randall Cobb in the slot or play tight man-to-man coverage with Nelson on the field.