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The Green Bay Packers are ready to make a Super Bowl run

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So after an incredible performance that led to the supreme Peyton Manning retiring, the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, 24-10, in front of a packed crowd at Levi's Stadium. 

But with the off-season completed and training camp to start imminently, There could be just one team primed for Super Bowl glory in 2016.

Another Championship

The Green Bay Packers are arguably the biggest name in the race for the Vince Lombardi Trophy as they prepare for what some could call a comeback year.

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The Packers have been a force in the NFL for a long period of time now and have made the play-offs in seven consecutive seasons (including a Superbowl win in 2010).

With arguably the best quarterback in the league Aaron Rodgers leading the way, they can push for the National title once more.

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While not at their best, the Cheese heads managed to progress to the Divisional Round of the play-offs last season and lost a nail-biting encounter to the Arizona Cardinals, 26-20 in overtime. 

Without wide receivers, Jordy Nelson (torn ACL) and Ty Montgomery (high ankle sprain) for the majority, with the former missing the whole campaign, the passing unit struggled due to a lack of separation created by Randall Cobb and Devante Adams.

However, with the two play makers back and ready for competitive action paired with the bonus that Cobb will not be up against double coverage, Rodgers will have a selection of speedy, strong and agile targets to throw to, and we all know how accurate he is!

Alongside this, dynamic running back Eddie Lacy has reportedly shed in excess of 15lbs in the off-season, thus allowing him to shift to the edge as well as powering through the zone.

Threatening to burst off a big-play at every occasion and helping to initiate play-action, Lacy will be a weapon that coach Mike McCarthy can utilise well.

With this high-power offence firing on all cylinders, the defence will be considered the weak point of a squad who have struggled of late in that department, but are they?

The other side of the ball

The Wisconsin-based franchise cleverly drafted rookies: Kenny Clark (DT), Kyler Fackrell (OLB) and Blake Martinez (ILB) to fill the voids left in a defensive unit that lost stalwart BJ Raji in the post-season. 

Returning pro-bowlers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers add to the formidable pass-rush, and with the secondary having an average age of 25, the future is only bright for that unit.

All three rookies have the potential to start the first game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and consequently, the defensive side of the ball has the potential to shut out opponents for the first time since the Super Bowl campaign in 2010. 

Finally, their strength of schedule indicates a successful regular season, as they only face a mere four teams that boasted a positive record last season (0.501+), in the 16-game 2016/17 regular season. 

The Packers are currently 12-1 according to bookmakers to win their fifth Super Bowl in team history, with the Seattle Seahawks maintaining favouritism with most bookmakers to win Super Bowl LI in Houston.

The biggest stumbling block for Green Bay however is that they will be competing in a very packed NFC and with teams like the Carolina Panthers, Cardinals and Seahawks all set for big years, it could be the most competitive year in recent memory.

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