Out of every team in the NFL, only one has not made the trip across the sea to London; you guessed it, this distinction belongs to the Green Bay Packers who either lucky (or unluckily) will be facing off against the New York Giants this Sunday in England.
The injury report for the Packers is a sign of good things, for the most part at least. The only significant cause for concern is starting safety Adrian Amos who is questionable with a concussion.
For the New York Giants, this is an entirely different story. The Giants are going to be very thin at wide receiver with numerous injuries at the position, and although starting quarterback Daniel Jones is off the injury report, he is dealing with an ankle injury heading into the London clash.
The London atmosphere should not have any effect on the gameplan of both of these teams. The Giants have the number one rushing attack in the league and will continue to pound the ball inside with running back Saquon Barkley, which may be an issue for a Packers defense that has been weak against the run thus far.
The Packer offense will also be spearheaded by its one-two running back combo in Aj Dillon and Aaron Jones, even if the passing game is opening up a bit more week-to-week with the arrival of rookie Romeo Doubs and a healthier Allen Lazard.
Although the name of the game will be determined by rushing yards, keep an eye out for the aforementioned passing game, which is coming into its own.
Rashan Gary and co. will look to punish quarterback Daniel Jones, as the Packer pass rushing has been probably its greatest strength through the first four weeks.
What adds a bit of intrigue to this matchup is this is the first time two teams are facing off in London with winning records.
London is calling, and hopefully, in this one it favors the Packers who will likely have more or less home-field advantage, considering that most Londoners attending the game will be in favor of the Green and Gold.
If the Packers can stop the run and pressure Daniel Jones the way they pressured New England in Week four, Green Bay should walk away as victors in their first European contest.——————
Alex Perl is the most diehard Packers fan in Los Angeles and a writer/reporter on all sports and tech. He writes for PackersTalk.com and you can follow him on twitter at @perl_alex.
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