It’s Sunday and that means is Gameday in Packer Nation. We’ve made it to Sunday folks. There is nothing better than Packers Gameday. It seems so long since the team last played the San Francisco 49ers. The Packers return home to take on the 1-7 Jacksonville Jaguars.
Packers vs Jaguars
- When: Sunday at 1 p.m. ET
- Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
- TV: FOX
- Odds: Packers are favored by 14
- Series: The Packers won the only 2 games that these two teams have played the last 6 years
3 things to Watch
When the Packers played the Vikings the weather wasn’t exactly good and the Packers did not handle the conditions very well. This week, the weather is suppose to be windy, cold and rainy. This will give Green Bay another test as they prepare for bad weather come playoff time. These are the types of games to you have to win and be able to handle if you want to advance in the playoffs. I will be watching what adjustments the team made since their last cold weather game and if they are more prepared.
Packers Passing game vs Jaguars Rookie Cornerbacks
Above I mentioned the weather and how the wind could come into play throwing the ball, but the Jaguars cornerbacks are young and inexperienced. This is the type of game that Davante Adams should have a big game and we should see quality performances from Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdez-Scantling. The Jaguars my lineup rookie C.J. Henderson against Adams and that will be a big mistake. The best receiver in the NFL will have a field day. Henderson got burned by Will Fuller last week and also committed several pass interference penalties. Rodgers is going to look to Adams very early and target him every time that Henderson is lined up against. The Packers will exploit this match up.
Packers defense versus Rookie Quarterback
I was really hoping to watch Gardner Minshew in his Lambeau Field debut against Aaron Rodgers. To me that would have been fun to witness. Instead, Minshew is injured and the Packers will face rookie Jake Luton. The rookie quarterback threw for over 300 yards against the Texans in his first start. This is the type of game that I am fully expecting Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to disguise some blitzes and really come after the young QB. The Packers have not gotten a lot of sacks this season, I expect several sacks this game as they will pressure the rookie and make him uncomfortable. He may put up 200 yards passing but I think most of that will come late in the game when the Packers are sitting in dime defense.
The Packers are heavy favorites in this game for a reason. I am expecting them to coast to an easy win here. Win and stay healthy are the names of the game this week. This game should give the team the opportunity to work on things that have not gone well and improve on them. The defense will generate a couple turnovers, while the offense will air it out targeting the NFL’s best receiver often and tiring out the defense with their ground game.
Stay healthy Packers Nation! Go Pack Go!!
Anthony Haag is a writer for PackersTalk.com. He has been a Packers fan since the day he was born and truly bleeds green and gold. He makes annual visits to Lambeau Field and has attended his fair share of games. You can follow Anthony on Twitter at @anthony_haag