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Full Stat Predictions for the Packers' Regular Season

Bob FoxContributor IAugust 23, 2013

Full Stat Predictions for the Packers' Regular Season

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    Like all things in the National Football League, it's hard to make predictions. For instance, the last three Super Bowl champions have all won 10 games or fewer in the regular season. Not too many experts predicted great things for those teams in the postseason. But they all ended up hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

    Predicting how a player will do statistically in a given season is also difficult at times. You have to base your prognostication on the recent past of the player statistically, and how the scheme of the team he plays for will enhance his effectiveness and production.

    That being said, I'm going to attempt to predict how certain key players on the Green Bay Packers will do statistically in 2013.

     

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers

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    I believe Aaron Rodgers will continue the extraordinary play he has exhibited the past two seasons. In 2011 and 2012, Rodgers had 84 touchdown passes versus just 14 interceptions. He also threw for 8,938 yards and had a combined quarterback rating of 115.3. I see more of the same in 2013.

    Touchdown Passes: 44

    Interceptions: 7

    Passing Yards: 4,350

    Quarterback Rating: 117.5

Running Back Eddie Lacy

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    Because Eddie Lacy is a rookie, it's hard to predict how he will do this season. However, he's already shown great potential: first at the Family Night scrimmage, and then in the preseason game versus the St. Louis Rams.

    Plus, one can look at his fantastic production in Alabama. I expect Lacy to be the primary running back for the Pack.

    Rushing Yards: 1,075

    Average Per Carry: 4.3

    Rushing Touchdowns: 8

    Receptions: 22

    Receiving Touchdowns: 2

Running Back DuJuan Harris

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    The running attack of the Packers greatly improved with the addition of DuJuan Harris as the starting running back late in the 2012 season and into the playoffs. He was the only back on the Packers to have over a four-yard rushing average. I expect Harris to be the second back used by the Packers.

    Rushing Yards: 425

    Average Per Carry: 4.1

    Rushing Touchdowns: 2

    Receptions: 27

    Receiving Touchdowns: 3

     

Wide Receiver Randall Cobb

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    Randall Cobb had a breakout season at wide receiver in 2012, as he hauled in 80 catches after having just 25 receptions his rookie year. Cobb is expected to have another banner year in 2013, although he is dealing with a biceps issue in training camp.

    Receptions: 84

    Receiving Yards: 1,176

    Yards Per Catch Average: 14.0

    Receiving Touchdowns: 9

Wide Receiver Jordy Nelson

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    There's no telling how effective Jordy Nelson can be if he stays healthy. Nelson missed four games in 2012 because of ankle and hamstring issues. In addition, he had a knee procedure this training camp which will keep him out until Week 1 of the regular season. When healthy, however, Nelson is one of the best in the business.

    Receptions: 62

    Receiving Yards: 992

    Yards Per Catch Average: 16.0

    Receiving Touchdowns: 8

Wide Receiver James Jones

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    James Jones is coming off a year where he led the entire NFL in touchdown receptions. Jones also saw his drop total for the entire season fall to just three drops. Jones is as steady as they come in the passing game for the Packers.

    Receptions: 57

    Receiving Yards: 770

    Yards Per Catch Average: 13.5

    Receiving Touchdowns: 9

Wide Receiver Jarrett Boykin

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    Jarrett Boykin made the team as an undrafted rookie last season, and he played in 10 games and had five catches. Boykin has had a nice training camp and I expect him to have a more prominent role in the offense this year as the No. 4 wide receiver.

    Receptions: 24

    Receiving Yards: 264

    Yards Per Catch Average: 11.0

    Receiving Touchdowns: 2

Tight End Jermichael Finley

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    It certainly appears that  tight end Jermichael Finley has come into the 2013 training camp with a new attitude as well as a new physique.

    Finley added some weight and is performing at a high level in both practices and in preseason games. This comes after a year where there were reports that the Packers were close to ending their relationship with No. 88. I expect this to be a huge year for Finley.

    Receptions: 66

    Receiving Yards: 891

    Yards Per Catch Average: 13.5

    Receiving Touchdowns: 9

     

Outside Linebacker Clay Matthews

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    Outside linebacker Clay Matthews has been selected in four Pro Bowls in each of his four seasons in the NFL. Last season, Matthews had 13 sacks in just 12 games. If Matthews can stay healthy for all 16 games this season, and with a more potent talent-base surrounding him, I expect No. 52 to have a big year.

    Tackles: 67

    Sacks: 17

    Interceptions: 1

    Forced Fumbles: 2

    Fumbles Recovered: 1

Defensive End Datone Jones

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    Rookie defensive end Datone Jones will play an important role in the defensive scheme for the Packers. Based on his effective production in a very similar 3-4 defense played by the UCLA Bruins, Jones looks to be very good in both stopping the run and rushing the passer.

    Tackles: 59

    Sacks: 8.5

    Forced Fumbles: 2

    Fumbles recovered: 1

Defensive Back Casey Hayward

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    Casey Hayward has always been a ball hawk, both at Vanderbilt and in his rookie year last season with the Packers.  Hayward had 15 picks in college and six interceptions last season. No. 29 plays the slot-corner position with the Packers when they play their nickel defense, which is the scheme that the Packers most often utilize on defense.

    Interceptions: 7

    Yards: 90

    Touchdowns: 1

    Forced Fumbles: 1

    Fumbles Recovered: 1

Kicker Mason Crosby or Giorgio Tavecchio

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    The Packers brought in free agent kicker Giorgio Tavecchio to battle incumbent kicker Mason Crosby for the job after Crosby had a very tough year in 2012. Crosby only converted 63.6 percent of his field goal attempts.

    Both kickers have had a very spirited battle in training camp to see who wins the job. It looked like Crosby had a leg up on Tavecchio after the last preseason game against the St. Louis Rams when Crosby converted all three of his field goal attempts.

    But this last week was rough at times at for Crosby at practice. No matter who wins the job, I expect the conversion average to be closer to 80 percent this season.

    Field Goals: 23

    Field Goal Attempts: 29

    Extra Points: 57

    Points Scored: 126

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