Packers-Colts Preview: 5 Questions For Sunday’s Big Matchup
Even though this game pits the NFC against the AFC, the game is still significant. Green Bay is the number one seed in the NFC while Indianapolis leads the AFC South. Some could go as far and say it’s a ‘Super Bowl Preview.’ Now, that’s a little extreme in my humble opinion, but some might go there. It’s a big measuring stick game for both teams. For the Packers, it is beating up a tough team for once in the Matt LaFleur. For the Colts, they make a statement that they should be considered with Kansas City and Pittsburgh in the AFC. Here are some questions about the matchup this weekend.
1. Will the Packers have Davante Adams? – Everyone noted that this will be the first time since Week 2 that Green Bay has Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones, Davante Adams, and Allen Lazard all playing together. Welp. Adams didn’t practice on Thursday and he is trending in the wrong direction with that ankle injury. It is looking more doubtful than probable Adams plays. If that’s the case, Lazard will be asked to do a lot in his first game back from his core injury.
2. Are the Packers tough enough? – In my opening paragraph, my goal here is not to shit on the Packers’ lack of success against good teams. I know they’ve beat some good teams under LaFleur. But the teams that are nasty and overly physical seem to give Green Bay issues. Tampa is a great example of this. If the Packers come out on Sunday and kick ass then we may have to agree with Rodgers that it was an aberration.
3. Are we sure the Colts are good? – To date, Indianapolis has played the sixth-easiest schedule. Pair that with the Packers who’ve played the 12th-hardest schedule. That sends my bullshit detector up a little bit. How good is this football team? They have talent, sure, but what game stands out where we know they’re among the elite? Tennessee last week? But we should probably ask the same questions about the Titans.
4. Can the Packers’ defense stop Phillip Rivers? – Old man Rivers struggled this year thus far, but he made the Packers’ life a living hell last season. Add in the fact that Frank Reich’s old boss, Doug Pederson, ran circles around Mike Pettine last year too, and that could lead to another frustrating day from the defense. Hopefully, the Packers will look at both of those games from last season and make adjustments as needed. Packers have not turned the ball over much this year, but Rivers is ripe for that opportunity.
5. What’s the best matchup of the day? – This is easy. Kenny Clark vs. Quinten Nelson is like Jeezy facing off against Gucci Mane. I’m here for it. That is going to be a blast to watch. Clark seems fully healthy for the first time all season. Nelson is the best guard in the league. This is going to be a battle of two behemoths at the postseason.
Prediction: Originally, I did think this is a game Green Bay would lose but I’m buying into the idea that this Indy team just isn’t as good as their record says. I’m riding with the Packers to win this one convincingly. Green Bay 30 Indianapolis 20.