Packers XLV

Road Sweet Road.

Posted November 20th, 2020 @ 03:11pm

I'm shedding a tear as I write this, but thankfully the Packers are not playing the Colts at Lambeau Field on Sunday. This team could you use a good, old fashioned indoor game on a fast track, to see if they can get their mojo back. Not to mention, the Colts are built to play an ugly game in bad weather, while the Pack are built to play indoors...but I digress.

They're stepping up in class this week, after facing two one-win teams and a seriously undermanned 49ers team in their last three games. Let's hope they rise up and play to the level of their competition, because the Colts are a very solid team on both sides of the ball and on special teams. But they're not a great team and the Packers are equipped to bounce back from last week's near disaster.

Indy is led by its defense, which leads the league in yards allowed and is near the top in points allowed. When they traded for DeForest Buckner before the draft, they added an elite D-lineman who now anchors a terrific front seven. Linebacker Darius Leonard is just the latest in a line of great linebackers the Pack has faced in recent weeks (Eric Kendricks, Fred Warner, Joe Schobert/Myles Jack). He's the emotional leader of the defense and has Aaron Rodgers on his hit list, after Rodgers deigned to call Warner the best linebacker in football.

If the Packers hope to win this game they have to run the football better a whole lot better than they did last week. Derrick Henry gained over a hundred yards against them last week and averaged almost five and a half yards per carry. Yes, I know, he's Derrick Henry, but Jones is solidly in the next tier of backs and the defense will have to respect the pass a lot more than it did last week.

The biggest question right now is whether Davante Adams plays, and if he does is he anywhere close to 100% with that ankle injury. He has had a lot of success against Xavier Rhodes in the past and the former Vikings corner is having a resurgent season, after the Purple kicked him to the curb. We also have no idea if or how much Allen Lazard will play. He's been activated from IR but Matt LaFleur is making it sound like they will ease him back in very carefully. Maybe that's a ruse, but the Pack could really use their top three receivers on the field against this defense. The offense sounds like it will be without Tyler Ervin again and Robert Tonyan is trying to fight through an ankle injury.

The Colts' offense is middle of the road in all respects. They don't have a skill position player that scares you to death and Philip Rivers is nearing the end. But they have a stout offensive line that protects him and Rivers rarely holds the ball for more than 2.5 seconds. He gets rid of it quickly, with lots of slants and screens--he's only been sacked eight times all season.

His biggest weapon Sunday will likely be running back Nyheim Hines, who had 115 yards against the Jags, 70 on the ground and the rest through the air. He will share the rock with former Badger Jonathan Taylor who seems lost right now. He gained 12 yards on seven carries last week and seems like he runs with a blindfold on. He can't seem to identify the right running lane right now and just crashes into his linemen looking for a hole.

The Colts' young receivers are starting to shine as their veteran begins to fade. TY Hilton has been very quiet all season--he has yet to score. But youngsters Michael Pittman and Zach Pascal are gaining confidence every week. Pittman, the rookie from USC, was drafted at the top of the second round and was one of the WRs the Pack could have considered with their first pick.

It sounds like both Jaire Alexander and Kevin King will be back for this game, giving the Pack the edge in both matchups. The pass rush needs to show what they showed late last week and do all they can to make Rivers uncomfortable. By the way, he's 1-3 against the Pack, finally breaking through last season with the Chargers.

The Pack's defense has crept into the league's top ten, though it doesn't really feel like it. They still need to get more takeaways and get tough in the red zone--the Colts are not one of the better red zone offenses, so this is an opportunity to force field goals.

I like this matchup for the Pack and will extremely confident if I knew Adams was 100%. Yes, the Colts have had three extra days to prepare and are coming off a big division road win in Nashville, but the Packers seem to bounce back strong after poor performances. The Colts defense is legit, but the best passers they've faced this season are Matthew Stafford and Joe Burrow (both threw for more than 300 yards and Burrows played at Indy).

Rodgers doesn't have to worry about the weather conditions and he may have the healthiest offense around him since week one. He knows this is a test his unit needs to pass to send a message to the rest of the NFC. I think they pass the test.

Packers 27  Colts 24

 

 

 

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Comments (7):

I concur. I will say 35/ 24 Packers without Adams. 42/36 with him.

on November 20th, 2020 at 01:31pm

IDK...every time the Packers make the trip to Indy, I get visions of the last 2 visits there...in '97 and '04. For whatever reason, Lucas Oil Stadium/RCA Dome is a house of horrors for this team. Hopefully this won't be the case this time around. GO PACK!

on November 21st, 2020 at 04:04pm

Roger Goodell is back whining again,how did you get that job with the NFL,you’re so stupid!

on November 21st, 2020 at 06:57pm

Hey Davey, I see you called what happened to Purdue last night as a game stolen from them, robbery, and borderline ridiculous. Well, just for the record, Jacksonville had two td's taken away last Sunday that were much worse. It was hilarious hearing a packer guy talk about a game being stolen. You do make up for it though working with Trent Tucker. How you can put up with it week in and week out is amazing. Anthony Edwards doesn't really need to be a star, according to Trent. I was almost on the floor listening to it.

on November 21st, 2020 at 09:43am

This is the third of four "measurement" games for the 2020 Packers. They split the first two with New Orleans and Tampa Bay. They'll have another near the end of the season with Tennessee. Indy now takes the place of San Fran. in that role. That the Packers will win the NFC North and be in the playoffs again is of little or no doubt now. But do they have a team that can make "The Trip" when they get there ? They've given us plenty to wonder about with their sub-par performances at Lambeau in recent weeks. Home field in cold, windy weather in January seems like more of a disadvantage now. Depending on what happens with fans allowed in the stands in postseason, the Packers don't have so much to fear about going on the road in January as used to be the case. Indeed it may be the better thing. The Colts looked like a possible to likely "L" before the season and as things have unfolded. But so did New Orleans before the Pack went down there and won. With the playoff "home field" looking like not such a big deal anymore I think we can relax a little on this one. Great if the Packers win it. Not too much to worry about if they don't. What matters here is really how they play the game. The Packers should still be 12-2 to 10-4 by the time of the Tennessee game the next to last week at GreenBay. And they won their last Super Bowl playing all their playoff and championship games on the road.

on November 21st, 2020 at 10:06pm

Roger Goodell here. Not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 5, not 6, not 7, not 8, but 9 holding calls. 5 on the last drive to seal it. I did every single thing I could. The officials will be reprimanded. I saw at least 3 holding calls on Indy when they ran 3 times up the middle to set up the field goal. I am not happy those were missed. Remember, we are calling less holding calls this year. I don't believe the packers have 9 on the entire year. Could someone look it up. I tried for you. I really tried. LMAO

on November 22nd, 2020 at 07:05pm

I miss those days Bud, take it easy On Roger, we all know he lost an oar many years ago. I think the guy that will beat us, is Hines, the rb , he scares the hell out of me with his speed out of the backfield. One of the reasons the Packers are rated so low on Run d. is they have given up so many Td's. See Cook Games. As far as yards given up, there in the middle. I hear Packerlifer, this game may not mean much, unless you think we can get number 1 seed and bye. But to me the most important thing is HEALTH. the healthiest team is going to win the Super Bowl. Though , it will be tough to beat KC by anyone. It would be nice to0 have Lazard back and the team could actually play a game together again. Its been week 2 since that have. 33-17 and 13 together,. The other thing I have really noticed, is 12 plays a lot better under center, then shot gun, this year. That read option just doesn't fool anyone anymore. Running boots and stretch runs has been there best offense all year, I don't under stand why they don't do that more. Last thing, is Ervin the only guy that have to run end arounds? Makes no sense. The Packers D will be just ok again today. But 12 loves the indoors, 24 t0 23 Packers. Shock of the day, Vikings lose 28 to 26 today, And there super bowl faith by the rubes and Paul Allen will be over LOL>. Go Packers

on November 22nd, 2020 at 10:11am

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