It’s Week Four and the Green Bay Packers are one of three undefeated teams in the National Football League; and it’s safe to say the only one which is not a surprise. The other two teams undefeated teams being the Buffalo Bills and the Detroit Lions.
The Packers look to stay undefeated this week against the Denver Broncos who have been in the headlines consistently this season, but not for their play on the field. This whole season the Broncos have been battling a quarterback controversy between Kyle Orton and fan-favorite Tim Tebow. This has been causing some unwanted distraction for the Broncos and may be part of the reason for their 1-2 record to start the season.
While both of the teams seem to not be evenly matched this week look for it too still be a competitive affair between the two. The Broncos record may not be the best, but they have been in close football games all three times this season. They have an underrated quarterback with Orton and a slowly improving defense. Look for them to compete with the Packers through the whole game.
The difference will come down to a few things this week. First it will be do the Packers show up and take care of business at Lambeau. This game is something many would call a trap game for the Pack as they play a lesser team and have a tough NFC game on the road next week in Atlanta. The Packers need to show up for this week and not worry about next week.
The second thing the Packers need to do is keep quarterback Aaron Rodgers, NFC’s Offensive Player of September, on his feet not on the ground. With right tackle Brian Bulaga out this week it brings in second year tackle Marshall Newhouse, who looked solid against the Bears when forced into action.
The line will have a tough time blocking the dynamic pass-rushing abilities of defensive end Elvis Dumervil rookie outside linebacker Von Miller. Both are very capable of getting to the quarterback and disrupting the Packers dynamic passing game.
Rodgers also needs to spread the ball around. It’s obvious Rodgers is more than capable of doing this, but he has yet to face a defensive back of the caliber of Champ Bailey, who is a first ballot Hall of Famer. Bailey is likely to be matched up on wide receiver Greg Jennings, which will be an early season test for the duo. Look for players like tight end Jermichael Finley and wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Donald Driver to have a huge impact on this week’s game if Bailey is following Jennings around the field.
The Pack are at home against a lesser opponent and Lambeau has been waiting to see their beloved Packers back in action at home. Look for them to thrive off of the energy the crowd will bring and take care of the Broncos. While it will be close through the first half, look for the Packers to pull away in the second half and put on a passing clinic. The Packers come away with a 38-23 win.
About the Author
Written by Noah Hanstedt
Born and raised in the small town of Neenah, WI. Grew up watching Green Bay Packers football with my late father. Been writing about sports for 5 years now and hope to continue becoming a stronger writer and an even better man.