Preseason power rankings: No. 6 Green Bay Packers

Chuck Mills
SB Nation

The Packers struggled without Aaron Rodgers for the latter half of their 2013 season, but they appear to have a running game, something they haven't had in a very long time.

2013 Record: 8-7-1

Notable Losses: Evan Dietrich-Smith, James Jones, Marshall Newhouse, M.D. Jennings, Jermichael Finley, Johnathan Franklin

Notable Gains: Julius Peppers, Jerel Worthy

Draft Class: Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, Davante Adams, Khyri Thornton, Richard Rodgers, Carl Bradford, Cory Linsley, Jared Abbrederis, Demetri Goodson, Jeff Janis

The Facts: Aaron Rodgers missed almost half the Packers season and they went from potential contender to almost missing the playoffs. This year Rodgers should stay healthy behind one of the league's best offensive lines (unless their new center struggles) and the Packers should be a contender.

Offensively they're loaded. They have Eddie Lacy, who before him the Packers went 44 games without a 100 yard rusher and they didn't have a 1,000 yard rusher since Ryan Grant in 2009. Lacy should give the Packers a quality rushing attack. Unlike the Packers' own predictions, Lacy won't be leading the NFL in rushing.

There's no way they're taking the ball from Aaron Rodgers. Just look at those weapons in the passing game: Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Jarrett Boykin, Davante Adams, Jeff Janis, Richard Rodgers, Brandon Bostick, Andrew Quarless and John Kuhn. That's a lot of guys for Aaron Rodgers to throw to.

The Packers should seize the NFC North title once again. The Vikings and Lions are going through a restart and as I stated before, Jay Cutler hasn't earned my trust.

Defensively, the Packers need to stay healthy. The Packers defense has been hampered by injuries over the past few years (including B.J. Raji this preseason) and it has kept them from advancing in the playoffs, as the last two Packers postseasons will show.

Predicted Record: 12-4. Wins against Panthers, Lions (x2), Vikings (x2), Bears, Jets, Dolphins, Falcons, Buccaneers, Bills and Eagles.

If you disagree with my ranking and assessment remember: Unless it's something crazy,your guess is as good as mine.

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