Cory Jennerjohn (@CoryJennerjohn):
This game has all the makings of not being too pretty. The Packers are starting James Starks for the first time since Nov. 25, 2012 and just his fifth start overall. To make matters worse, this is the second-best defensive line the Packers will see all year. Aaron Rodgers will stay upright long enough to cut through the secondary and Mason Crosby will hit a late game-winning field goal as the Packers head to the bye 2-1.
Packers 23 Bengals 21
Jacob Westendorf (@JacobWestendorf)
The Packers offense really got rolling at home against the Washington Redskins. This week they will face a much stiffer test in the form of the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals represent a team the Packers traditionally have not matched up well with, but this team is different. This version of the Packers has shown the ability to play physical, and stand toe to toe with a bully. They will be physical enough against this Bengals team, and be able to get some plays down the field. Look for Jordy Nelson to have another big game, and for the Packers to force a couple of turnovers on defense, as they win a close one on the road before the bye.
Packers 27 Bengals 23
John Rehor (@jrehor)
This game will be substantially different than the surprise cakewalk they had against the Redskins last week. The Bengals are one of the “sexy” picks this year to go to the Super Bowl, and with good reason. They have a young team loaded with talent. They have a very good Head Coach in Marvin Lewis. And they know how to play tough and win. This will be very similar to the 49ers game-more of a street fight than a football game, with the Packers getting just a few more punches in to knock out the Bengals on their own turf.
Packers 23 Bengals 16
Ross Uglem (@RossUglem)
The Bengals as they sit right now are not in the same category as the Packers. I have the Packers as the 4th best team in the league right now. On a neutral field I think that they lose more times than they win against the 49ers, Broncos and Seahawks (and I’m not really sure about that either). I understand that this is a road game, but Mike McCarthy has done such a fantastic job getting this team up and ready for “business trips” over the last 3 seasons that I don’t think it really matters. The entire Super Bowl XLV run was on the road, and he has a very impressive 11-5 record on the road over the last two seasons. AJ Green is going to get his, but I don’t think the Bengals are going to be able to put enough pressure on Rodgers to slow down the offense. I mean they couldn’t sack Jay Cutler once in week 1, and everybody sacks Jay Cutler
Packers 31 Bengals 24
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