The Green Bay Packers get a little luck with their early-season scheduling, with an 11-day break between games before they get their true bye week in Week 6.
This stretch is coming at a perfect time, as tons of key players, including De'Vondre Campbell, Jaire Alexander, Elgton Jenkins, Christian Watson, and Aaron Jones will get as much time as they need to fully recover before next Monday night in Las Vegas.
Before the Packers head out to Vegas, here are three very early predictions for the Green Bay Packers in Week 5.
Jaire Alexander locks down Davante Adams
I know what you're thinking, and trust me, I agree. Davante Adams is virtually impossible to guard. No matter what you do, Adams is always open. There's a reason why he is a top-two receiver (and not number two). But if there is a cornerback in the NFL that could match up against the league's best receiver and succeed, Jaire Alexander is that guy.
Last season, Alexander said he fears no receiver in the league. Jaire then went out and backed it up, holding Justin Jefferson to zero catches, even throwing in a special Griddy dance for the cherry on top.
Jaire has shown in the past that he is more than capable of guarding opposing teams' number one receivers. If Alexander is back healthy for the Week 5 matchup between the Packers and Raiders, look for the two best players at their respective positions to have a great battle on Monday Night Football.
Fans should get excited to watch a future Packers Hall-of-Famer in Davante Adams play against someone he went up against in practice for years back in Green Bay. I think Adams will be held to four catches for 45 yards when matched up against Alexander.
Jordan Love throws for 350 yards
Considering that Jordan Love has not even surpassed 260 yards in a game this season, 350 seems like a long shot, but Love is due for his primetime breakout game.
With Christian Watson closer to 100 percent, Love will have a full week of practice with his number one receiver, allowing them to game plan for a defense that is allowing 337 total yards per game.
So far this season, Love has looked better than what Packers fans may have expected from a player making only their fifth career start in the NFL last week against Detroit. Love will have his full complement of weapons around him for this matchup against the Raiders.
If the offensive line can get healthy during this mini-bye, Jordan Love will be able to sit calm in the pocket and deliver for the Packers.
With a final stat line of 25/36 for 357 yards and four touchdowns, I think Love has a game Packers fans will look back on in a decade and say, "This is when Jordan Love fully arrived to the NFL."
Packers special teams score a touchdown
Packers special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia will head back to his old team, where he was the interim head coach for the end of the 2021 season.
Due to his success filling in for the vacant coaching position on the Raiders for half a season,
Bisaccia became one of the most sought-after coaching hires of the 2022 offseason. Instead of him going to take a head coaching gig, Green Bay was able to make him the highest-paid special teams coordinator.
Since Rich took over as special teams coordinator for the Packers, they have had an All-Pro return man, who led the NFL in return yards after only starting to return kicks halfway through the 2022 season.
Although Keisean Nixon is off to a slow start in 2023, he is primed to break a return for a touchdown sooner or later, and what better place to do it than in his former workplace?
Packers vs. Raiders Week 5 prediction
Following the embarrassing loss to the Detroit Lions, the Packers are looking to get the sour taste out of their mouths.
With a final score of 38-17, Green Bay puts up a dominant performance on the road, showing that Jordan Love is the real deal and this young Green Bay Packers team can compete with anyone this year.