The 2015 NFL season is finally finished. Congratulations to the Denver Broncos for defeating the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 yesterday and to our colleagues over at Mile High Report who had the privilege of covering this year's champs.
Now it's time to really start focusing on the NFL Draft and free agency, as the offseason officially starts today. In today's curds, we look ahead with a mock draft, and we find that the Green Bay Packers are once again one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl next season. The Packers are usually a fan favorite in Las Vegas, which drives their odds down, and the expectation of getting a healthy Jordy Nelson back probably helps keep them in the upper echelon as well.
We'll also be continuing on with our Packers roster review today, as we switch gears from offense to defense. Stay tuned!
Every team's odds to win the Super Bowl next year | ESPN
According to the Westgate Casino, the Packers are getting 10:1 odds right now, shorter than all but three teams: New England, Pittsburgh, and Seattle, who all sit at 8:1.
UPDATE: Online sportsbook Bovada, on the other hand, has the Packers at 12:1, with the Panthers, Seahawks, and Patriots all at 9:1.
Upon further review: Disappointing ending, but season not a failure | Packers.com
Packers president Mark Murphy addresses some of the criticism of him, Ted Thompson, and Mike McCarthy, while also noting that the Packers will likely have to come up with "Color Rush" jerseys at some point for 2016.
Who's tougher to defend: Cam Newton or Aaron Rodgers? | JSOnline.com
According to Bob McGinn's straw poll of coaches and players around the Super Bowl, it's Newton. That didn't seem to affect the Broncos defense much, though, as they have routinely made elite quarterbacks look mortal all year long.
Plays that shaped the Packers' season No. 1: Jordy Nelson's torn ACL - ESPN
No arguments here. The Packers had no answer for missing Nelson all year long.
2016 NFL mock draft: Tackles and pass rushers in demand - SBNation.com
It's now officially draft season, and Dan Kadar's first post-Super Bowl mock has the Packers taking Darron Lee, an athletic inside linebacker from Ohio State.
The NFL can't even figure out what a catch is IN THE SUPER BOWL - SBNation.com
Am I the only one who thought Cotchery got his hand under the football and prevented it from touching the ground?