Four Keys To the Contest
1. Win the turnover battle. Last week, the Packers didn't. One Aaron Rodgers INT cost them 7 points. The Packers lost by 8.
2. Run the ball and stop the run. Yes, I know the Packers are a passing team. And I'm not talking 40 carries. But the offensive coaches would be foolish not to feed Cedric Benson the ball at least 15 times, after getting just 9 carries in the last game, 5 on the first 2 drives. Plus just like in the preseason against the Bengals, Benson will run hard...and have a chip on his shoulder against his old team. And last week the Packers defense had trouble stopping Frank Gore. This week, Matt Forte provides as big, if not a bigger challenge.
3. Block Julius Peppers inside, and out. That's right...the 6'7" pass rusher lined up over the guard last week vs. Indy and played inside. Josh Sitton needs proper pad level, knee bend and pop in his pass sets.
4. Secondary issues. There's a chance we could see more of Jerron McMillian and less of M.D. Jennings. Sam Shields could see more time as well. Whatever the case, they need to make sure Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler don't carve them up like Randy Moss and Michael Crabtree did with Alex Smith heaving it to them last week.
I'll say 34-30 Packers...not extremely confident, but I'll go with it. Follow me on twitter @lanceallan