Who are the five key players for a Packers victory in Week 10?
Coming off a 10-day break between games, the Green Bay Packers should be recharged and ready to go when Jacksonville rolls into town Sunday for a noon kickoff.
After playing the 49ers last Thursday, the Packers are still a little banged up but might also be getting some help. Starting middle linebacker Christian Kirksey, wide receiver Allen Lazard, and All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari might all be back this week.
Adding those three players back to the roster would make the Packers closer to whole and add impact players to positions that could use them.
The Packers have had gotten good play from their fill-ins but there isn’t a better left tackle on the roster, a linebacker with as much experience, or a wide receiver capable of making consistent plays the way these three play.
The Jaguars come into town having won only one game but don’t let that fool you. Jacksonville has been in a few very tight games against good teams and even pulled out a victory against the Packers’ next opponent, the Indianapolis Colts.
The Packers will catch a break as Gardner Minshew will be out with a thumb injury. The young quarterback has given the team reason for pause when thinking about drafting a replacement, as he has played well when on the field and taken full advantage of the weapons put around him.
Rookie Jake Luton will make his second start in place of Minshew, having played well in a game that went down to the wire against the Texans.
This could be considered a trap game. Jacksonville will hope the Packers will be looking ahead to their showdown next week against the Colts and catch the team off guard for an upset win.
Here are my five players key to avoiding an upset.