The Green Bay Packers highly touted offense has been sub-par so far this season, well, compared to last year. That is besides the point though as the Packers offense still is potent and capable of going from zero to 60 like a Lamborghini Aventador at any point in time.
Coming off the bye week the Packers finally had a chance to get healthy and while they may have lost starters Nick Perry and Brian Bulaga for the season during the bye week, they are getting some players to return from injury.
That list will not include linebacker Clay Matthews, who was ruled out this weekend, or defensive back Sam Shields, who started practicing again this week. While Matthews has been ruled out, it is not a for sure thing that Shields will not be able to go on Sunday at this current time.
However the list does include wide receiver Jordy Nelson and defensive lineman Jerel Worthy. While the Packers receiving core has preformed well with the absence of Greg Jennings and Nelson, they will be ecstatic to have Nelson back in the lineup to help pressure the weak secondary of the Detroit Lions. On a side note Jennings has started running again and doing minimal work in practices, so his return looks to be in the near future.
Even though Nelson has been the bigger impact this season, the Packers need Worthy to come back and make an impact with Matthews out. Worthy has been playing solid football, but he needs to become more consistent to become a dominate force in the trenches. If he can continue to grow at the end of this season, it will make the absence of Matthews much easier to handle.
His strong play started after his suspension he served for domestic battery charges he faced last year. Since he’s came back he has been playing solid football in and even stepped in to replace Perry once he went down with his knee injury. Walden has one sack and one interception on the season, but is capable of getting sack in bunches, just ask the Chicago Bears.
As for the game itself, it should be a good one. The Packers have almost a better record in domes then they do at Lambeau Field. They are also 12-1 in their last 13 meetings with the Lions, the one loss coming in 2010 when quarterback Aaron Rodgers was knocked out of the game with a concussion.
The Lions defense is not anything special and their offense has had the roar of a cub named Simba from the Lion King. So on paper this game looks like a wash, but like the cliche says, “That’s why they play the game.”
The Packers are going to do what they do best and throw the ball. Expect there to be at least one trick type play with them coming off the bye week. I also fully expect wide receiver Randall Cobb to pick up where he left off and continue his pace for the NFL record of most all-purpose yards for the season.
Rodgers may have his best game of the season and get the Packers rolling towards the playoff push they desperately need. The Lions get captive in the cage known as Ford Field and lose this one to the Packers. The final score 38-20.
Bold Prediction: Packers continue to get after the opposing teams quarterbacks and have a four-plus sack game, yes, without Matthews. Lions new question should be, “Where’s Walden?”
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.