Everyone is talking about the Green Bay Packers poor performance, while attempting to discover what happened. Even Coaches Matt LaFleur and Mike Pettine need to do some film evaluation and itinerary evaluation. If the Packers thought the Chargers were a tough opponent, (or maybe they didn’t) wait till their return trip to the West Coast to face the 8-0 San Francisco 49ers! In 8 games they have only been under 100 yards rushing 3 times while topping 200 yards 3 times. The Packers will have to be more than ready to face that extreme rushing talent. Before even lending one minute to being concerned about the 49ers on the 24th of November, they face a a stiff challenge from a talented Carolina Panthers team this Sunday. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina’s All World RB, already has 881 yards to go along with 10 TDs rushing and 363 yards receiving with 3 TDs.
My opinion of Sunday’s Packers loss to the Chargers is two fold, the young Packers underestimated the Chargers talent, they began to believe all the hype written about them. I feel the coaching staff specifically on the offensive side of the ball, were not prepared for the defensive formations the Chargers presented and never adapted. Aaron Rodgers felt the offense never developed rhythm from the first series. On the defensive side of the ball, while they did hold the Chargers to 9 points (3 FGs) in the first half, they tired in the second half, but also allowed explosive gains. Mike Pettine must fix two aspects of his defense, stopping the run and stopping explosive plays. The potential teams they would face in a playoff run, all have formidable run games and are capable of explosive plays. Just think about QBs Brees, Wilson, Garoppolo, and Cousins from the NFC and Brady, Mahomes, Jackson, and Watson in the AFC, all are extremely potent.
The Panthers are led by QB Kyle Allen, he has plenty of talent around him and they currently sit in second place in the South, at 5-3. Besides McCaffery, they have TE Greg Olsen, WRs DJ Moore, Chris Hogan and Curtis Samuel. On defense they have LB Luke Kuechly, DBs Donte Jackson, Eric Reid and Trey Boston, all studs. My point is if the Packers overlook the Panthers even the slightest, the will be 7-3 come Sunday evening. Based on what I’ve seen from the Packers thus far, this game will be too close to call. I’ll stick my neck out and say Packers 27, Panthers 26.
As Always, Go Pack Go!
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