1. Packers must make the most of the defensive matchup
While a game against the Kansas City Chiefs might initially look daunting on paper, it’s almost the ideal matchup for a Jordan Love-led offense.
A major reason for the Chiefs’ struggles this year has been the play of their defense. Kansas City is allowing 391.5 yards per game this season, fourth-most in the NFL. It is also giving up 27.5 points per game, which is the eighth-most.
The matchup for Green Bay’s offensive line is also a good one. The Packers rank third in ESPN’s pass block win rate metric and eighth in run block win rate. Despite all of their injuries up front, the offensive line has been very good.
Kansas City’s defense, meanwhile, ranks 27th in pass rush win rate and 31st in run block win rate. The Chiefs have recorded only 11 sacks this season, tied with the Jacksonville Jaguars for second-fewest.
To make it better for Green Bay, there is a possibility All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari could return from injury this week. That would be a huge boost for a Packers offense without Aaron Rodgers.
Wide receivers Davante Adams and Allen Lazard could also be back after being on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
It’s a good matchup for Green Bay on offense, even without Rodgers.