Green Bay Packers in the Cincinnati Bengals
Over / Under: 50
Remember when the sky was seemingly falling in Green Bay after the Pack was decimated in Week 1 by five touchdowns?
Yes, this time the peculiar questioning of Aaron Rodgers did not even require a “RELAX” speech from the future Hall. from Famer. Since releasing Game 1, the Packers have won their last three ball games by an average of 10 points, and Rodgers is back at the things that collectively blow us away.
Rodgers, when rolling, is as sharp as anyone in time who has ever graced the quarterback position. The ceiling is obviously incredibly high for Green Bay when this is the case, hence they led the NFL in scoring (31.5 points per game) just a year ago. Therefore, he continues to trust the aspiring host star of Jeopardy.
To its opponent’s credit in this one, Cincinnati has considerably better defense than last year. Note how they have surrendered more than 21 points just once so far after falling victim to such a departure in more than half of their games in 2020. The new names have turned the tide.
However, now the Bengals are beginning to suffer from some health problems. Both starting corners, Chidobe Awuzie (groin) and Trae Waynes (hamstring), enter with punches, with the latter being marked questionable. Arguably the club’s main acquisition as a free agent on the defensive side of the ball, Larry Ogunjobi (knee), is also questionable. Playmaker Jessie Bates (neck) isn’t at full power either.
This is the supreme Green Bay Packers offense we’re talking about, a group that will tear any opponent apart if there’s a hint of not being able to keep up. They should get away with it in this place.
In reality, facing Rodgers may be the future version of himself in Joe Burrow, who continues to look more and more like a franchise quarterback.
Like his counterpart, Burrow also enters this competition strongly, as he will likely continue his best game as a professional in which he posted a career-best 132.8 passer rating. Of course, that came at the expense of the humble Jaguars, but still, it was a comeback triumph in prime time.
The outlook for this young offense looks extremely promising. Freshman Ja’Marr Chase has impressed while pairing with his former college QB1, even leading Cincy in receiving yards. Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins are also thriving. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander (shoulder) has already been called out.
Running back Joe Mixon (ankle) is the only brace that could potentially be included in our plans for a high-scoring fight, being labeled questionable, but even if he’s out that’s not necessarily such a bad thing. The Bengals would pitch more, something that just keeps more clock.
Whatever happens, that has to be the likely game plan anyway to keep up with Rodgers and his cast. Buckle up and enjoy what will be one of the most entertaining matches on Sunday.
Choose: OVER 50 (-110)