The Green Bay Packers are set to take on the Denver Broncos this week at Lambeau Field. While it may not seem like the most entertaining matchup, it should be a good all-around game. Green Bay has a 2-0 record heading into their matchup with Denver and are looking to prove once again that they are a serious contender in the NFC.
In Week 2, the Packers were able to knock off the arch-rival Minnesota Vikings by a final score of 21-16. The offense came alive and showed flashes of big-time potential in the first quarter and early in the second, but then things fell apart.
Thankfully, the Green Bay defense has been impressive throughout the first two games. Mike Pettine has the right personnel in the system this season and it is showing. If the Packers’ defense continues playing like they have thus far, this team could be a Super Bowl contender assuming the offense keeps growing.
Against the Broncos, the Packers will be given a great opportunity to pick up another win to start 3-0. Denver has had plenty of issues early in the season and the Packers are a much better team on paper.
All of that being said, let’s dive in and take a look at four reasons the Packers will defeat the Broncos on Sunday afternoon.
4. Green Bay’s Run Game Is Back
After a rough Week 1 performance against a tough Chicago Bears’ defense, Aaron Jones broke out with a massive performance against the Vikings. He carried the football 23 times for 116 yards and a touchdown.
Denver has a solid defense as well, but they are around the same level as the Vikings. They have excellent pass rushers, but a good running back will be able to make some plays against them. Jones is going to have another quality game and will help take a lot of pressure off of Aaron Rodgers and the aerial attack.
3. The Pass Rush Is Going to Get To Flacco
Joe Flacco has had a rough couple of seasons and things are not going to get any easier for him this week. Green Bay has a revamped pass rush and they have been deadly throughout the first two weeks. Pettine is going to pressure Flacco all game long and it won’t end well for the Broncos.
Preston and Za’Darius Smith are going to be in Flacco’s face often this game. It will result in punts and possibly some big plays for the Green Bay defense.
2. Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur Will Be More Consistent
Granted, there isn’t a great chance that the Packers are going to score 30 points this week, but that could be a possibility. Rodgers and LaFleur showed flashes last week and things should get better with another week of work together.
If the Green Bay offense can play at the level they did early in Week 2, they could very well score 40 points. While that won’t be the case in this game, Green Bay should have a good chance to put up 24-28 points. That should be enough to knock off the Broncos.
1. Jaire Alexander and the Secondary Will Show Out
Finally, the Packers are without question capable of making plays in the secondary this season. That was the case in Week 1 when Adrian Amos made a huge interception to end the game against the Bears. Kevin King made a huge play in the end zone in Week 2, picking off Kirk Cousins late in the game.
Flacco is another inconsistent quarterback that is known for making some key mistakes. The Packers are going to take advantage of at least a couple of those mistakes and should have two or three forced turnovers throughout the game.