By Jerry Bulone
Why is everyone worried about the Green Bay Packers‘ offense this year?
Last time I checked we had the reigning MVP, great weapons, and now a workhorse back. Believe me, the Packers will be fine.
Even if someone was going to stop us this week, it wouldn’t be the Indianapolis Colts. The only way to truly stop Aaron Rodgers is to pressure him, early and often.
The Colts are ranked twenty-third in sacks and may be missing Dwight Freeney. They are also missing two contributors of their secondary. Dan Devine’s early 70s Packers teams could throw on the Colts this Sunday.
So the only real question is on the defensive side. The Packers defense gave up only 467 yards passing combined the first three games of the season only to give up 446 to Brees and his Saints last Sunday.
Why did this happen?
It’s pretty simple, the Saints were the first team the Packers faced that could throw the football well (before that, the best was the Bears, currently ranked twenty-fourth). Lucky for us the Colts are more like our first three opponents than the Saints.
Finally there is the “win one for the gipper” factor. My heart goes out to Coach Pagano. That being said, I always felt this was a little overrated.
As a former player (Division 2 college …. still counts) I can atest that most players forget about everything outside the sidelines once the whistle blows. However, you do have extreme circumstances (Favre against the Raiders, for one), and this would certianly qualify as such.
BOTTOM LINE – The Colts will be motivated, but they just don’t have the Horses … yet.
Score 35-24 PackersFive things guaranteed to happen:
1. Aaron Rodgers QB rating will be greater than 100;
2. Andrew Luck will throw for 300 yards or more;
3. Cedric Benson will make you forget even more about James Starks, or any other running back on the roster;
4. Packers defense will create more than one turnover; and
5. One defensive lineman for the Colts will imitate the “belt” celebration after sacking Aaron Rodgers.