The Green Bay Packers have won their last 3 games. That is what you call a winning streak. They have a chance to make it four in a row when they visit the Cincinnati Bengals for a noon kickoff on Sunday. The Bengals are a good team, currently 3-1 and 2-0 at home so this will be no easy task for the Packers. In this game preview is everything that you need to know about this Sunday afternoon matchup.
Game Preview: Packers vs Bengals
- Where: Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH)
- When: Sunday, Oct. 10 at 12 p.m. CT
- TV: FOX
- Broadcasters: Play-by-play man Kenny Albert joins analyst Jonathan Vilma and sideline reporter Lindsay Czarniak
- Odds: Packers favored by 2.5 points
- Last Meeting: Week 3 2017: @Packers 27, Bengals 24 (OT)
- All-Time Matchup: Bengals lead 7-6-0
3 Things to Watch
Packers star cornerback Jaire Alexander is out for Sundays matchup after getting injured last week. It will be interesting to see how Joe Berry handles the loss of Alexander. The defense will get back Kevin King this week, so that should help. Losing Jaire is a huge lose and big hole to fill. I would expect the Bengals to attack the Packers throw the air and Kevin King. I think King is going to have step up this week. The defense will need to get pressure on Joe Burrow to help the secondary out.
Rodgers vs Burrow
Aaron Rodgers has been back to his MVP form the last 3 weeks. He has thrown 8 touchdowns. He is getting the ball out quickly, and has been having a clean pocket to throw from. Joe Burrow on the other side has completed nearly 72 percent of his passes. He has been sacked 11 times and thrown 4 interceptions so far in the young NFL season. He has 8 touchdown passes as well. This should be a great quarterback matchup to watch. The young Burrow vs the veteran Rodgers. Will QB play decide this game, probably not. It is will come down to which defense can throw the opposing QB off a little bit.
Packers Pass Rush
With the loss of Jaire Alexander, it is crucial that the Packers get pressure on Joe Burrow to help their secondary. The Bengals offensive line is very so-so. This is a good opportunity for the Packers linebackers to generate some pressure and sacks. Not to mention, if the Packers rush 4 defensive lineman, I would like to think this matchup should allow them to get home as well. If Burrow has a clean pocket and plenty of time to throw, that does not bode well for the Packers secondary.
This should be a very competitive game. It will not be a blow out by any means. The Bengals are a team on the rise. I think this will come down to turnovers and pass rush. Whichever team can generate pressure throughout the game and create turnovers will win this game. We should see a close game all the way through the fourth quarter. I think the Packers are a little better. Can they overcome the loss of Jaire Alexander? I think it will come down to Mason Crosby late in the game.
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