It seems like the injuries are starting to pile up again this year after a relatively clean season last year. The question is: when is the Pack going to lose that last player that holds up the whole house of cards?
The secondary is quickly becoming a concern, not only for the injury to Woodson, but the earlier injury to Sam Shields as well. BJ Raji has missed the last two games, but is probable for Sunday. Worthy and Neal have done a good job covering that void, but it will be nice to have the big man back in the middle. Bishop was lost early and Nick Perry is out again this week , Walden has stepped up and played well.
On offense, Greg Jennings has been out and Kuhn (out) and Jordy (questionable) are hurt this week. Cedric Benson went down, but Alex Green has played decently in his spot.
Time and again, the depth of the Packers has been evident. Let’s hope that continues for at least a few weeks until the Packers can get a few more opening day starters back into the lineup. In the meantime, a few more players will get to showcase their skills against a Jaguars team that is struggling, to say the least.
With all of that being said, everybody has injuries and the Packers aren’t unique in that respect. Although, I do think the timing for the Packers couldn’t be better. Of course, no injuries would be better, but if you have to have several missing pieces, this week would be time for it to happen.
The fact is that injuries or not, the offense has been tremendous over the past two weeks. Aaron Rodgers has settled into a groove in the last two games. As long as he plays like he has recently, the Packers will score points. It won’t hurt playing against a Jags defense that is ranked 28th overall, 24th against the pass and has just five sacks all season.
I don’t want to dismiss the Jaguars as a potential threat; they are an NFL team (technically). With the injuries mounting for the Packers it is fortunate for them to host the Jags this week. Considering the number of missing parts on the defensive side of the ball, facing the team that is ranked dead last in both total offense and passing yards along with being ranked just 25th in rushing yards (and now without their stud running back Maurice Jones-Drew), “fortunate” is probably an understatement.
Ironically, the Jaguars have played much better on the road than at home. With an apathetic fan base in Jacksonville, these guys have played with more heart when they are in a stadium filled with raucous fans. But this is Lambeau, not the Metrodome. Jacksonville is without Maurice Jones-Drew and they have Blaine Gabbert at quarterback. Add to that the fact that the Packers haven’t put on a real show at Lambeau yet this season and I expect them to make a statement on both sides of the ball. It would be an epic failure if the game weren’t effectively over by halftime.
Packers 45 Jags 7
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