With a sudden rash of injuries threatening to derail the promising surge of the Green Bay Packers‘ momentum, it seems the Packers may need a few Herculean efforts from a few of their players. Here is my prediction for who will step up to ensure a Titletown victory against the Cleveland Browns:
It’s easy to pick Rodgers here to have a good game, but it is also not. With the depletion of his receiving corps, today’s game plan against a much-improved Browns defense will be very challenging. I’m sure the Packers will use the run game to keep the defense honest, but in my heart of hearts I expect Aaron to be crisp, productive, and superhuman. I think he welcomes the challenge of keeping the offense in high gear despite lacking some major personnel. And when he plays with that chip on his shoulder look out … he’s nearly invincible.
If you haven’t been watching the fourth year cornerback from Miami, you’re missing out on a player who is taking on the best wideouts in the league and giving Deion Sanders-like play. Shields neutralized A.J. Green in Week 3 and did the same last week to Torrey Smith who had been on fire as of recently. Expect a matchup against Josh Gordon who also has been red hot with 25 receptions, 429 receiving yards following a two game suspension. Gordon will be tough to handle, but I see Shields continuing his quest for a big time contract by adding Gordon to his resumé of receivers effectively contained.
Despite missing his first field goal last week, Mason Crosby is at this point the MVP for the Packers in my opinion. With the offense seeing its share of struggles recently, Crosby has been automatic to ensure no offensive drive goes without points. I’m hoping not to see Crosby attempting too many field goals to finish drives today as that would mean the offense is rolling. However, if Crosby is called upon, expect him not to disappoint.