Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard was back at practice on Friday. Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Green Bay Packers vs. Cincinnati Bengals: Pacman Jones, Giovani Bernard on the mend

 

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers will take their air and ground attack into Cincinnati Sunday with the intent of wreaking havoc all over the Paul Brown Stadium field – in fact the Packers are most likely hoping for a high-scoring affair because the Bengals have been limited overall in scoring points through the first two games.

On the flip side, the Packers have been, overall, a well-oiled offensive juggernaut that moves at-will up and down the field. Even in their season opener at San Francisco the offense played well against one of the best defenses in the league.

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones.
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports photograph

That said, according to our FanSided.com sister fan site covering the Bengals, Stripehype.com, Cincinnati is hurting at defensive back – literally – though they did get some good news today when the team announced that Adam Pacman Jones was back to practice after being limited with an abdomen injury.

But that still leaves the team without Dre Kirkpatrick and Brandon Ghee who have not practiced. That’s good news for the Packers.

On the other side of the ball, the Bengals got more good news today with the return of rookie running back  Giovani Bernard. Bernard scored two touchdowns last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers and has been an important cog in Cincinnati’s offensive attack. With the potential of Bernard in both the running and passing attack, the Bengals are much more balanced on that side of the ball.

The key, of course, to this game for the Bengals is getting to Aaron Rodgers. If their defensive line can put enough pressure on Green Bay’s signal caller, it will help their depleted backfield. However, if Rodgers doesn’t get dirty and his offensive line protects him for the bulk of the game, it could be a long day for Cincinnati – a team not interested in getting into a shootout with the Packers.

On the Packers side of the ball, both running back Eddie Lacy and safety Morgan Burnett will most likely not play against the Bengals. Burnett for sure will be given the extra couple of weeks to heal up and it looks more like Lacy sitting as well to be sure he’s mended by the time the Packers resume play after their week three bye.

The Packers injury report will be released later this afternoon and we will have a follow-up post on the status of the team afterward.

Stay tuned …

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