Week 3 is nearly upon us football fans and after a tough loss last week, the Packers should be eager to get back home to take care of business against the Cincinnati Bengals. Unlike last week, these teams are both coming off losses. In Cincinnati’s 13-9 loss to the Houston Texans, the Bengals were unable to find the end zone for the second straight week. The lone touchdown of the game came for the Texans on a Deshaun Watson 49-yard scramble.
As for Green Bay, it was evident that the team was missing BOTH starting tackles for this game, as early on the offense was unable to get things rolling due to consistent pressure in the face of Aaron Rodgers. Injuries piled up over the course of the game for the Pack. Wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, DT Mike Daniels and CB Davon House
all left the game with injuries. Those key injuries, along with putting themselves in a 31-7 hole to open up the third quarter, were just too much to overcome.
This week Aaron Rodgers will attempt to do something he has never done as a professional, beat the Cincinnati Bengals. Rodgers, who is 0-2 in his career against them, when speaking about the Bengals said, “It’s a very well-coached defense. They play well together to disguise their coverages really well, and then they’ve got players who have been in the system for a while and have played at a high level.” I have no doubt that Rodgers can solve the riddle that is the Bengals defense.
So let’s get to the fun part, shall we? Prediction time!
Refer back to Green Bay Packers Season Preview and you will see that I originally picked the Packers to notch the win in this matchup, but lets take a look at the injury report, because a lot has changed since week 2 of the preseason.
T David Bakhtiari – Doubtful (Hamstring)
T Bryan Bulaga – Questionable (Ankle)
WR Randall Cobb – Doubtful (Chest)
WR Jordy Nelson – Questionable (Quad)
DT Mike Daniels – Doubtful (Hip)
LB Nick Perry – Doubtful (Hand)
LB Jake Ryan – Doubtful (Hamstring/Concussion)
S Kentrell Brice – Doubtful (Groin)
As you can see, two weeks into the season the list of banged up Packers looks more like that of a team halfway through the season. So, do I let these injuries sway my opinion and give the nod to the Bengals? Of course not! Because one name that isn’t on that list is Aaron Rodgers, and as long as #12 suits up, the Packers always have a chance, no matter who’s surrounding him.
The Bengals haven’t scored a touchdown all season. I do see them finding a way to get one this week, whether its one of their exciting rookies, RB Joe Mixon and WR John Ross, who have yet to arrive, or the always dangerous WR A.J. Green. The key for the Bengals, in addition to getting pressure on Rodgers, will be the play of Andy Dalton. Dalton, so far on the season, has a 54.5% completion percentage, less than 400 yards passing, zero touchdowns, and 4 interceptions. Rough start to say the least.
The Packers have had a hard time getting off to early starts so far this season. They have scored just 7 points in the first halves of their past two games. Addressing this issue is a must, and may just decide the Packers’ fate in this one. I don’t see them continuing this trend and I think they will come out early and score often. The Packers will get back on track and “no cookin’ is sweeter than home cookin’.”
Week 3 Prediction: Packers Roll 34-13.
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