2. Aaron Rodgers throws three touchdown passes
The Packers’ offense was far from its best in the season opener. It’s hardly a surprise for a group that didn’t play together in the preseason and is still adjusting to a new system. But the opening game against a tough defense will have helped a lot, and I expect there to be significant improvements offensively this week.
Playing at home helps. It’ll be far easier for Rodgers to communicate at the line.
The Vikings may have a lack of depth at cornerback. Mackensie Alexander has already been ruled out of Sunday’s game due to injury, and Mike Hughes (doubtful) and Mark Fields (questionable) could also miss the game.
Davante Adams will likely be covered by Xavier Rhodes for most of the game, although it’s a matchup he’s dominated recently, with 133 yards and two touchdowns in his previous two meetings with the Vikings.
With Rhodes covering Adams, there will be opportunities for Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Geronimo Allison and Jimmy Graham. The Packers could also look to test Minnesota’s defense deep with MVS or Trevor Davis.
I also expect the Packers to run the ball with more success this week. It’s another difficult matchup, but the Vikings allowed the Falcons to average 4.3 yards per carry last week. Even a slight improvement on the ground for Green Bay will help open up the play-action passing game.
Rodgers told Matt LaFleur he’ll improve after last week’s game, and I predict he’ll exactly that in Week 2 with three touchdown passes.