When the Packers hit the hallowed ground of Lambeau Field this weekend for the first time in three weeks, the team comes in with one of the NFL’s most prolific offenses.
Aaron Rodgers’ league best passer rating of 120.9 is impressive and the Packers’ 3-0 record highlights one of the franchise’s best starts, but it doesn’t feel that way, does it?
Will getting to 4-0 be as difficult as it seemed in winning the first three games.
Well, with the Broncos coming to town, many feel it should be a walk in the park. I doubt it.
While the other two 3-0 teams, Detroit and Buffalo, have gotten all the press and wow factor among the press, the Packers have quietly stayed atop the power rankings.
“I think we have the potential to get better, and I don’t know how many wins that means or the playoffs or whatever, but I just think we can play better football,” Rodgers said this week. “The standard we’ve set around Green Bay is excellence.”
When the Denver Broncos visit Green Bay this weekend new head coach John Fox brings a team with a new emphasis on defense, a fact that will challenge the Packers’ offensive juggernaut.
However, this game could hinge on how well the Packers defend against the run and perform on special teams.
With Kyle Orton under center, the Broncos aren’t going win games by putting the ball in his hands … They will need to defend and get a break here and there.
Will that be enough to beat the Packers? Well, that will depend on how well the Packers run the ball and defend.
It’s looking more and more like it will be James Starks in the backfield this weekend because of Ryan Grant’s injury, and he will need to run better than he did last week.
The Packers will also need to control Orton and shut down the big play. That means keeping receiver Brandon Lloyd in check.
So, to get to 4-0, many feel the Packers will need only show up Sunday. Well, we know it will take more than that … The Packers will need to continue to improve its pass defense, run the ball well between the tackles and not allow any crazy special teams plays like the one they nearly allowed on that final punt against the Bears.
If they take care of those three phases of the game, they will sit unbeaten and could be on their way to another playoff-bound season.