The Cincinnati Bengals are a very dangerous team with players the Packers will have to watch.
Of course there are specific match-ups in this game that will be the most decisive in the outcome of this game. These match-ups favor the Packers in some areas and favor the Bengals in others but all of these match-ups will be important to the outcome of the game.
So, let’s take a look at the key match-ups for the Packers against Cincinnati.
Josh Sitton has been one of the top 10 left guards in the NFL but he will face his toughest challenge of the year going up against the NFL’s best defensive tackle in Geno Atkins. Atkins had a huge 2012 season but hasn’t gotten off to a great start so far in 2013. Atkins will be looking to finally get his season going against the Packers and Sitton will have to be ready for a player that will give him a tougher challenge than what Justin Smith gave him.
Atkins could have his best game of 2013 Sunday, but consider that his best game to-date was when he only had 1 sack last week. Atkins is a very good player who will get going soon, but it won’t be Sunday. Atkins will be contained by Sitton.
2. A.J. Green vs. Tramon Williams
A.J. Green has been the star receiver for the Bengals since he came into the NFL and will have to be the main focus of the Green Bay defense.
Tramon Williams is likely to be the man covering Green and he has the speed and size to battle Green. Green is one of the top five receivers in the NFL and will be productive no matter what the Packers do Sunday. Williams has the talent to limit Green a little but Green will win this match-up.
3. Randall Cobb vs. Terrance Newman/Adam Jones
The speed of Randall Cobb has caused so many issues for the 49ers and the Redskins and now the Bengals will have to find a way to slow Cobb down. Cobb has had over 100 receiving yards in each of his first two games and is just a matchup nightmare due to his speed and the fact that the Packers have Jordy Nelson and James Jones to complement his talents.
With Leon Hall likely to be assigned to cover Nelson, Terrance Newman would seems like likely to cover Cobb but Adam Jones actually has the speed that Newman doesn’t have to stay up with Cobb. However, Jones is not as good of a cover corner and doesn’t have the same level of experience as Newman. Randall Cobb is going to cause tons of issues for the Bengals Sunday and is ready to have another huge game.
So, that’s our look at the top three match-ups heading into Sunday’s Game in Cincinnati. If you’re looking to visit Cincinnati, you can find cheap Green Bay Packers tickets here. Hopefully the stadium will have just as much green and yellow as it does orange and black come Sunday afternoon.