I could make this extremely short and simply say the Green Bay Packers just need to avoid injuries to come out of this game alive. That’s it. Done. But I still have no reason to think the Packers can’t win this game at home and during Throwback Weekend! I almost want to wait to write this until the very last minute, just to be sure that they can dress enough guys to play on Sunday. Hopefully the equipment staff has some oxygen masks on hand for all of the snaps that some of these guys are going to see.
With that, let’s jump right into the keys to this game and how Green Bay can dispatch the visiting Cleveland Browns.
No More Injuries. . Please
It’s not hyperbole to say that the Packers cannot afford another injury. Not one. As of right now (Friday), the team is practically pulling guys off the streets of Green Bay in order to suit up enough players on Sunday.
Just when Packer nation was already reeling from the loss of James Jones, Randall Cobb and Nick Perry, we learned that tight end Ryan Taylor was also hurt and had minor knee surgery this week. But there was more. Oh yes. On Wednesday, we learned that defensive lineman/linebacker Mike Neal was not at practice on Wednesday with a shoulder injury. Neal also did not practice on Thursday or Friday. On Mike McCarthy’s team, if you can’t practice, you can’t play. Without Neal, the Packers would be down to Andy Mulumba and Nate Palmer at outside linebacker this week.