3 Keys to Packers Winning Super Bowl This Year

Heading into their bye week, the Green Bay Packers sit atop the NFC North with an 8-2 record under first-year head coach Matt LaFleur.

Green Bay (+900) has the fifth-best odds to win Super Bowl, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. But the Packers still have a long way to go if they hope to hoist the Lombardi Trophy this year. With that in mind, here are three keys to the Packers winning Super Bowl LIV.

1. Run Defense

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 03:  Blake Martinez #50, Kenny Clark #97, Za'Darius Smith #55 and Dean Lowry #94 of the Green Bay Packers look on during the second half of a game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Dignity Health Sports Park on November 03, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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The Packers' defense has been solid this season, but their run defense still leaves something to be desired. Green Bay is allowing 4.8 yards per carry (the sixth-highest mark in the NFL), and the Packers grade out as the eighth-worst run defense in football, according to Football Outsiders' DVOA rankings. That's a recipe for disaster against top-tier NFC contenders, as the Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks all rank as top-six rushing offenses in the NFL.

2. Continue to Run the Ball

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - NOVEMBER 10: Aaron Jones #33 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after his first down in the second half against the Carolina Panthers at Lambeau Field on November 10, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
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Yes, the Packers have Aaron Rodgers, who is arguably the most talented quarterback of all time. However, a large chunk of Green Bay's success has been predicated on the run game this season. Aaron Jones has been phenomenal, having already notched 11 rushing touchdowns, which ties him for the most in the NFL alongside Christian McCaffrey. Everything just seems to work better when this rushing attack is firing on all cylinders. Green Bay is 1-2 when Jones has been held below 35 rushing yards, and 5-0 when he has at least 50.

3. Get the Wide Receivers More Involved

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 03:  Marquez Valdes-Scantling #83 of the Green Bay Packers before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Dignity Health Sports Park on November 03, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The Packers' offense is rolling right now, but getting their top wideouts more involved could help take this offense to the next level. While Davante Adams has seen double-digit targets in both games since returning from a turf toe injury, speedster Marquez Valdes-Scantling has recorded just one catch over the past three weeks. He also hasn't caught more than two passes in a game since September. If MVS can start playing well enough to help take some defensive attention away from Adams, Green Bay could be really tough to stop in the postseason.

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