The Green Bay Packers are coming off a Monday Night win against the Atlanta Falcons in which they build a 31-7 halftime lead and hung onto win 43-37. The near meltdown should serve as a wakeup call for these Packers that just because they are number one in the rankings doesn’t mean they can relax. They still have much work to do. Here is my preview for this week’s game.
How effective will the running backs be? Eddie Lacy injured his hip on Monday night against the Falcons. He was limited in practice this week. Good news is he looks good to go, but will probably split time with James Starks, which will mean an increased role for Starks. If the two of them can combine for 150 yards total of offense, that will be a win for the Packers.
Can Devonte Adams continue his rise? Over the last six weeks or so, rookie wide receiver Devonte Adams has really stepped up to the plate, becoming that effective third receiver that is so important to Green Bay. Rodgers has learned to trust
Adams more and
more each week.
Can Richard Rodgers continue his rise as well? In recent weeks, rookie tight end Richard Rodgers has become increasingly effective in the passing game for the Packers. The “Rodgers to Rodgers” calls by the announcers have become more frequent and that is a good thing. Richard Rodgers needs a big game one of these weeks, and this is a prime spot to do it. Bills linebackers have problems covering opposing tight ends.
How well will Casey Heyward fare filling in for Devon House? Both Devon House and Jamari Lattimore have been listed as out, and the Packers even put Lattimore in injured reserve overnight. Heyward hasn’t play much this season, and is basically the 7th defensive back behind Sam Shields, Tramon Williams, Devon House, Micah Hyde, Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, and Morgan Burnett. Heyward will have to play well though this week for this defense to get back on track.
Speaking of the defense as a whole, can they actually hold it together this week? Last Monday against the Falcons, the Packers defense almost had one of the biggest meltdowns in NFL history. This may actually be a good thing for these Packers. As I have told many people, these Packers get very arrogant whenever they get real good, and become the talk of the league, as they had. Well, that arrogance showed itself Monday night. This will perhaps serve as a kick in the pants for this team that they still have a lot of work to do.
Final Verdict: Despite this game being on the road, I still expect the Packers to win decently. Final Score: 34-17 Packers.