After coming off a 29-10 beatdown by the Denver Broncos, the Green Bay Packers are on the road once again to face another vaunted defense in the Carolina Panthers. In the last game against Denver, Aaron Rodgers threw for a career-low 76 yards passing. That stat needs to be reversed in the Packers upcoming matchup against the Carolina Panthers. Panthers star cornerback Josh Norman will be waiting patiently for Mr. Rodgers and company this Sunday down in Charlotte.
It also looks the loss of All-Pro wide receiver Jordy Nelson is starting to show in the Packers offense. Second-year wideout Devante Adams was supposed to pick up the slack in Nelson’s absence, however; he has not been healthy for the majority of the season. His presence will be greatly needed against the Panthers this Sunday.
The Carolina Panthers defense must keep the Packers offense off the field as much as possible if they want to remain undefeated in the NFL this season. Their secondary will have their hands full this Sunday with Packers wide receivers Randall Cobb, Jordi Nelson and Devante Adams. They cannot give up any big plays to this dangerous core of weapons.
On the offensive side of the ball for the Panthers, quarterback Cam Newton must utilize his mobile skills wisely against Green Bay in Sunday’s big matchup. If you watch the Monday Night game against the Colts, Newton took a lot of hits when he left the pocket. Unlike the Colts, the Packers have a middle linebacker that can “lay the wood” such as Clay Matthews.
Their offense must also be NFL wise and not get into a shootout with Aaron Rodgers. They do not have the personnel to go head to head with the Packers. Cam Newton is capable of making big plays, but what if the deficit is too large that they cannot recover from? The Panthers is not built to come from behind and win games after being down by possibly 26 points.
If the Panthers fail to do so, they will indeed lose this ball game. My prediction for this contest is that Aaron Rodgers will throw for more than 76 yards in this ball game. He will do just enough for the Packers to win this matchup. I just don’t believe that the Panthers offense will be able to take advantage of the mistakes that the Packers may make in this ball game.
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