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CBS Sports picks the Green Bay Packers to win the Super Bowl

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Posted at 9:20 PM, Sep 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-04 23:37:07-04

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CBS Sports' Pete Prisco says improvements to the team's defense will ultimately help the Packers make it to Super Bowl LIV — and win it!

The Packers will win the Super Bowl, which is why they are the No. 1 team in my first Power Rankings of 2019. The Patriots, naturally, are second.

The veteran NFL writer admits he's heard the joke that he always picks the Packers or New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl, but this year it's the same, but different.

Normally the two main reasons are Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. While they are both a big part of my rationale for doing so this year, the reason I am not only picking the Packers to get to the Super Bowl but also win it isn’t Rodgers.

It’s the defense.

While he usually notes quarterback Aaron Rodgers as the Packers' main threat, the added help on defense this offseason is proving to be the game changer. Pass rushers Preston Smith and Za'Darius Smith "will impact the front in a big way," according to Prisco. He thinks cornerback Jaire Alexander, and safeties Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage will also help in the secondary.

The Green Bay Packers will take on the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in the 2019 Kickoff Game on Thursday night at 7:20 on TODAY'S TMJ4.