The Green Bay Packers will be home this week to face the Carolina Panthers before they head into their bye week.
Last week, the Packers crashed down to Earth after having enjoyed a four-game winning streak where their offense seemed to have found its stride. All of a sudden, Aaron Rodgers and company couldn’t seem to get it going. Maybe they got complacent and listened to the outside noise too much and believed they could simply show up and beat the Chargers, a team that has underperformed this season.
The defense, on the other hand, has been struggling the past few games. The pass rush isn’t as effective as it was the first few games, and they are not forcing as many turnovers as they had at the beginning of the season. Not to mention how easily teams are attacking the Packers in the middle of the field and walking down to the red zone with ease.
Luckily, the Packers are the definition of a bend-but-don’t-break defense. The Chargers got down into the red zone a handful of times and walked away with just field goals, keeping the Packers in the game at the time.
Now, with that miserable game in the past, the Packers have to focus on the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers will be without their starting quarterback Cam Newton, but will still have running back Christian McCaffrey, who is having a crazy season, coming to Lambeau on Sunday.
After this week, they will have a week off to get ready for the undefeated San Francisco 49ers, a game that could likely have playoff implications. But before they can think about the 49ers, they will need to win this one at home. This is a game the Packers should, and kind of need to win.
Here’s this week’s tale of the tape between the Packers and the Panthers. We’ll be comparing the quarterbacks, offenses, and defenses. For each matchup, we’ll determine who has the edge in their respective matchups.