Mark Ross believes that Aaron Rodgers can continue his fin run and lead the Packers past the Panthers
The Green Bay Packers return to Lambeau and are the favourites heading into their match-up with the Carolina Panthers. After two weeks on the road the Packers are coming home having lost to the rather disappointing Los Angeles Chargers, a game the Packers were also the favourites in. So just because they are favourites this week doesn’t mean they will get that win.
Aaron Rodgers is having an MVP worthy season so far. He has thrown for 2485 yards, 17 touchdowns and only two interceptions. This has given him a passer rating of 104.4 up until now. What should also be remembered is that Rodgers has done this with his star wide receiver, DaVante Adams missing the entire month of October. This didn’t slow down number
12 at all, in fact during that spell he had one game where he threw for over 400 yards and five touchdowns. He then followed that game with another great outing at arrowhead where he defeated the Kansas City Chiefs with 309 passing yards and three touchdowns. When you’re as good as Rodgers is it doesn’t matter who he’s throwing to.
Normally you would think this game would be the great Aaron Rodgers going up against the biggest quarterback threat in the red zone arguably ever in Cam Newton. However Batman showed us all that even Superman can get hurt. The Panthers may have found their replacement for Superman in Kyle Allen. In week three Kyle Allen got his first start of the season
and he looked excellent. He threw for 261 yards and four touchdowns against the Cardinals. Things continued well for Allen. He won his opening four games and now has the Panthers sitting with a record of 5-3 and second in the NFC South behind the Saints. If nothing else Kyle
Allen has given the Panthers front office a decision to make in the off season.
Carolina will look to take advantage of Green Bay run defence. A defence that has struggled all season. The Packers’ struggles in this category have left them ranked just 26th in total defence. But going up against the Chargers 28th ranked rushing offence last week things got even
worse. Los Angeles obliterated Green Bay for a season-high 159 rushing yards and they averaged 4.2 yards per carry. With a front-runner in the MVP race in Christian McCaffrey rolling into Lambeau Field this week the Packers will need to find a way to shore up that defence and find a way to stop the run.
As good as Aaron Rodgers is his offensive line is also giving him plenty of time to throw the ball. Rodgers is taking on average 2.89 seconds to throw the ball after receiving the snap. This is the fourth longest time in the league just now. The Carolina defence can’t allow arguably the most
talented quarterback ever that amount to time to sit in the pocket and find the perfect pass. They need to get pressure on him to allow their secondary to continue their impressive season and keep getting the ball back for their offence. Luckily for Carolina they have managed to get pressure and lead the league with 27 sacks. The Panthers are also leading the league in points
scored by their defence with 54. They are second only to the New England Patriots in interceptions with nine, albeit five of them came against the turnover machine Jameis Winston.
Panthers 21 Packers 34