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10 Bold Predictions For Green Bay Packers’ 2014 Season

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Green Bay Packers: 10 Bold Predictions For 2014 Season

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Going 8-7-1 last season was a disappointment to most fans, even though the Packers won the division. Injuries and poor performances contributed to the unsuccessful season. With an upgraded defense and new energy on the offense, the Green Bay Packers have the potential to do great things in 2014. Here are ten predictions of what the season will look like.

10. Julius Peppers will be more productive than he was with the Bears

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10. Julius Peppers will be more productive than he was with the Bears

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Peppers never lived up to his potential with the Chicago Bears. Despite his age, Peppers is still strong, fast and versatile enough to play outside linebacker or defensive end with great effect. In Dom Capers' defense which is centered around versatility and switching up formations, Peppers will flourish again.

9. Rookie receivers will stand out

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9. Rookie receivers will stand out

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Taking three wide receivers and a tight end in the draft was a good move by the Packers. With Jared Abbrederis out for the season with a knee injury, Davante Adams and Jeff Janis took the fourth and fifth wide receiver spots. Both looked impressive during the preseason. Richard Rodgers will also be one of the team's main tight ends. Expect touchdowns from at least seven receivers this year, with a few being contributed by rookies.

8. Six interceptions by safeties

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8. Six interceptions by safeties

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In 2013, the safety duo of Morgan Burnett and M.D. Jennings failed to make a single pick. This year, after moving Micah Hyde to free safety and acquiring Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the first round of the draft, the safeties look much stronger. Furthermore, Sean Richardson had a great camp and looks like a solid backup option. Expect a minimum of six interceptions this year between Burnett, Hyde, Richardson and Clinton-Dix.

7. Offensive line will allow fewer than 35 sacks

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7. Offensive line will allow fewer than 35 sacks

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After giving up 45 sacks in 2013, the offensive line looks stronger this year. Despite the injury to Don Barclay, they still have some of the best guards in the NFL, capable tackles and rookie center Corey Linsley has improved with every game during the preseason. J.C. Tretter is injured now, but look for him to bring his skills back to the offensive line around October.

6. Running backs will combine for over 2,200 yards

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6. Running backs will combine for over 2,200 yards

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Eddie Lacy is one of the sharpest running backs in the NFL. He has not only great size and power, but also fantastic speed. James Starks is an excellent backup whose speed is among the best in the league and had a career best year in 2013. DuJuan Harris showed in preseason that he is a capable kickoff returner, not to mention an agile and talented third running back.

5. The Packers will win the NFC North

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5. The Packers will win the NFC North

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This one is pretty simple. The Packers have a better offense and defense than the Minnesota Vikings. The Chicago Bears have a comparable offense but a vastly inferior defense. The Lions' offense and defense are both good, but they lack the balance on offense that the Packers now bring to the table, along with slightly inferior pass defense. Bottom line: the Packers have the division locked down.

4. Clay Matthews will make a minimum of 12 sacks

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4. Clay Matthews will make a minimum of 12 sacks

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The first reason for which Clay Matthews did not have a great season last year was his injury. The second was the lack of other pass rushers to take pressure off of him. Matthews is not an injury-prone player, so it is likely that he will play a full season in 2014. Additionally, with Julius Peppers and the obvious pass rushing skills of Josh Boyd and Jayrone Elliott, there will be ample opportunity for Matthews to increase his production.

3. 14 Touchdown receptions for Jordy Nelson

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3. 14 Touchdown receptions for Jordy Nelson

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Nelson is one of the most outstanding receivers in the league, and he is finally bringing home money that reflects his skills. He was 10th in the league last year in reception yards, and with a more impressive overall offense this year, fans can expect him and Aaron Rodgers to have an amazing year.

2. 40 Touchdown passes thrown by Aaron Rodgers

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2. 40 Touchdown passes thrown by Aaron Rodgers

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While it is a difficult argument to make for any quarterback, Aaron Rodgers may be the best quarterback in the league. This year he has three excellent wide receiver veterans along with two rookies with tons of potential. In addition to the wide receivers, he has several young, talented tight ends and at least two running backs with soft hands. With this many targets, 40 touchdown passes is a safe bet for this year.

1. The Packers will win the Super Bowl

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1. The Packers will win the Super Bowl

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Their defense has improved noticeably, increasing pass rushing capabilities and pass coverage among defensive backs. The offense is still one of the most dominant in the league and will stay that way as long as key players remain healthy. If they avoid injuries this year, the Green Bay Packers have a great chance at winning the Super Bowl.

Chris Langton is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. He also contributes to the MMA page.  Follow him on Twitter @Langtron57, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.