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Green Bay Packers: 2 major X-Factors for Week 2 vs. Lions

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After their blowout loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week 1, the biggest major takeaway is that the Green Bay Packers need everyone to step up in a pivotal game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday. With an underperforming Aaron Rodgers and a Packers team in disarray, a win against their division rivals would give this team a huge confidence boost and get them back to their winning ways.

Hoping for a better outcome in Week 2, the Packers have a lot of work to do and will look to put up big numbers in this wire-to-wire showdown against their NFC North rival. Currently working towards a new and improved game plan on Sunday that they hope will give them better results, we’ll now take a look at two major x-factors for Packers during their Week 2 match-up against the Lions.

Green Bay Packers X-Factors against the Lions

1) Aaron Rodgers 

Fresh off a disastrous season debut against the Saints, Aaron Rodgers is looking to put all his offseason drama with the Packers behind him and lead Green Bay to their first victory of the season on Sunday. It would be an understatement to say that he is in dire need of a revival game that will get this team back on the winning track and put Packers fans at ease. As one of the greatest players in NFL history, Rodgers is more than capable of putting together another MVP-caliber season and leading the Packers on another title run this season.

If he is able to swallow his pride and put aside the differences he and the Packers front office have, then there’s no reason he can’t put on another stellar performance and hand the Lions their second straight loss of the season. With the stakes now being higher than ever, Aaron Rodgers will look to bounce back huge in Week 2 and lead the Packers to their first win.

2) Za’Darius Smith 

After a quiet day during their blowout loss to the Saints, Za’Darius Smith will look to make a huge impact on defense for the Packers this weekend. As one of the NFL’s best outside linebackers, Smith has previously shown his ability to bull doze his way through opposing offensive lines to get sacks and force fumbles. Despite being a non-factor for them on defense last weekend, the Lions better watch out because he’ll be on a mission to redeem himself and lead the charge for the Packers defense.

Especially considering how badly their defense got beat by the Saints high-powered offense in Week 1. With the Packers needing all the help they can get, Smith stepping up and setting the tone for them defensively would be a huge boost for them and improve their chances of repeating as NFC North champions in 2021.

We’re only one game into the NFL season, but if the Packers want to avoid an 0-2 hole to start off their 2021 campaign, then defensive captain Za’Darius Smith must step up for them in a major way on Sunday and help them stop a Lions offense that’s looking to get the upper hand early on. Determined and ready to bounce back huge this Sunday, Smith is primed for a big game against the Lions this weekend.