Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Starter Pack: Odds still in Packers' favor
By Rob Demovsky
A roundup of what's happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Shortly after the Packers lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the opening round of the playoffs last month, quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he thought the team's window of opportunity remained open for several more years.
Apparently, some of the oddsmakers agree.
Less than 24 hours after the Seattle Seahawks finished their destruction of the Denver Broncos to win Super Bowl XLVIII, at least two different oddsmakers set the Packers as fifth on the list of favorites to win it all next season.
According to the Las Vegas Hilton, the Packers were 16/1 and behind only the Seahawks (5/1), Broncos (5/1), 49ers (6/1) and New England Patriots (7/1).
The online gambling site Bovada.LV also had the Packers at fifth with 16-to-1 odds behind the Seahawks (9/2), 49ers (15/2), Broncos (8/1) and Patriots (14/1).
“I think this window has a chance to open up and be really bright for four or five years when you can get guys signed and keep them around,” Rodgers said on his ESPN Milwaukee radio show just two days after the season ended. “My contract is for six more years. I expect to be playing well, at a high level, for all six of those years and then see what happens after that. Maybe we'll be able to go another three or four or who knows?”
In case you missed it on ESPN.com:
Best of the rest:
- For the fifth straight year, the Packers raised ticket prices. This year, it will be by $3 for all seats.
- Packers president Mark Murphy also vowed to change the way playoff tickets are billed to season-ticket holders. The change comes after the Packers had trouble selling out their playoff game against the 49ers.
- And on the first day of the NFL's official offseason, we looked back at how our preseason predictions turned out.
- Also, starting today and continuing every Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET (3 p.m. Green Bay time), we're going to be running a live Packers chat. I'll post a reminder each week but you can already submit your questions by clicking on these blue highlighted words.
- At ESPNWisconsin.com, Jason Wilde noted that in 1995, the cheapest seat at Lambeau Field was $24. This coming season, that same seat will cost $77.
- In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Mike Vandermause reported that the Packers won't retain assistant special teams coach Chad Morton, leaving at least three openings on their coaching staff. Morton had assisted special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum since 2010.
- In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tyler Dunne wrote that when the Packers make the playoffs, you can bank on them raising ticket prices given that they've done so each of the last five years.