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Green Bay Packers At Denver Broncos Game Preview

Two undefeated teams. Two great quarterbacks. Two of the best defenses. Aaron Rodgers vs Peyton Manning.

That’s what you will see when the Green Bay Packers face off against the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football.

Both of these teams have title aspirations. And thus far, both teams have good reason to believe they have a more than fighting chance to bring home the Lombardi Trophy upon the conclusion of the season.

Both the Broncos and Packers are also coming off of their respective bye weeks, so players have had a chance to rest up and heal any nagging injuries.

For Green Bay, the bye week came at the perfect time. The Packers were a walking health clinic. Morgan Burnett, B.J. Raji, Davante Adams, Ty Montgomery, Nick Perry, and Eddie Lacy were all dealing with injuries. Lacy has struggled mightily through the first six games, but says that his injury had nothing to do with it.

Another name has been added to the injury list for Green Bay. Rookie corner Damarious Randall, who has arguably been the Packers best corner, reportedly tweaked his ankle in Wednesday’s practice. His game status is unknown.

DeMarcus Ware, Emmanuel Sanders, Aqib Talib, and Evan Mathis are the big name players for the Broncos that are currently treating injuries. However, all of them are expected to suit up come Sunday night,

Statistical Breakdown

Both Green Bay and Denver have recently been known as more offensive oriented teams, much to do with number 12 and number 18 respectively. With that being said, neither offense has done anything real special thus far. Denver is 13th in points per game averaging 23.2, and second to last in rushing yards per game with just 85 per game. The Broncos have scored more than 30 points just once this season, and have been held under 20 points twice.

As for Green Bay, the Packers rank fifth in points per game with 27.3, and tenth in in total yards per game averaging about 360. The running attack has also been strong, averaging over 127 rushing yards per game, good for eighth in the league.

Those numbers do not really tell the story of the Packers offense however, as without Jordy Nelson they have struggled to throw the ball down the field. The loss of Davante Adams has also played a part in that, and his return will be gladly accepted. The two men named James in the offense have been the play makers. James Jones has six receiving touchdowns already, and James Starks has done an impressive job running the ball when Lacy has been ineffective.

The real story of this game will be the defenses. Both teams are undefeated and have their defenses to thank for that. The outcome of this game will hinge upon which defensive front can control the line of scrimmage, along with limiting the time these quarterbacks have to scan the field. Denver has a more daunting task, as they are being asked to contain Aaron Rodgers, and slow down the fifth ranked running attack.

The Broncos have the NFL’s best ranked defense. Coming in, they are ranked third in points per game allowed giving up 17 per game. They also do not give up many yards, as they rank first in yards per game allowed giving up 281 on average. Opponents passing attacks haven’t fared much better, as the Broncos are also ranked first in passing yards per game allowed giving up a little over 192 in the air. Their run defense suffers a huge drop off, surrendering slightly under 90 yards per game on the ground, good for fourth in the league. (That was sarcasm).

The Packers defense has not been as good, but still very impressive. Green Bay has made plays when they have needed to on the defensive side of the ball. The Packers are ranked first in points allowed per game, giving up just over 16 a game. They are ranked 15th in yards allowed per game giving up about 355, and 12th in passing yards per game allowed giving up around 236 in the air on average.

Overall Keys To Victory

I expect a low scoring, and very physical game. If Green Bay hopes to win, they will have to find a way to run the ball and open up the passing lanes and play action play calls. Time of possession and the turnover battle will tell the tale. One thing Aaron Rodgers does better than any quarterback is protect the football, and he will need to against a ferocious Broncos pass rush headed by DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller.
Whoever takes care of the ball better, will win.

My Prediction
Packers 24 Broncos 17

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James Alexander
RSEN Packers and Heat beat writer

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