Packers: Five players key to victory in Week 11 vs. Colts

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Five Packers key to victory versus the Colts.

A new week and the toughest challenge to date awaits the Green Bay Packers.

After a lackluster win against a bottom team, Green Bay will now travel to Indianapolis for a game against the first-place Colts and their top-ranked defense.

Last Sunday the team came out a little flat, especially on defense, and struggled to find a rhythm early in the game. It took a fourth-quarter touchdown and the defense finally making a stand to put the feisty Jaguars down.

This week Green Bay will need to bring the energy against a very stout Colts defense. Indy has put together a good mix of young and veteran talent that will shut down the run and and get after the quarterback.

Indianapolis’ defense is led by linebacker Darius Leonard and offseason trade addition DeForest Buckner. Leonard is a three-down linebacker who has the speed to keep up with tight ends as well as running backs and can make plays on the other side of the line of scrimmage.

The Packers know Buckner all too well. He was a thorn in the Packers’ side in both of their lopsided losses versus the 49ers last season and is proving worth the capital Indy gave up to get him.

Indy also added a familiar foe, signing cornerback Xavier Rhodes from the Vikings.

On offense, the Colts brought in veteran quarterback Philip Rivers and drafted former Badger running back Jonathan Taylor. Although Rivers and the offense has struggled, the Colts have the type of offense that could give the Packers’ defense fits. With a versatile running attack and wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, the cupboard isn’t bare and they have a few players capable of making big plays.