The Green Bay Packers return home after a rare three game road trip where they managed a 2-1 mark. They are dinged up and dealing with a plethora of injuries. This seems like the perfect time for the schedule to ease up a bit and give the Pack a break. Enter the Jacksonville Jaguars who are also limping into this game. They will be without starting RB Maurice Jones-Drew, aka MJ-D and QB Blaine Gabbert is dealing with a sore left (non throwing) shoulder. Let’s look at the key matchups in this week’s contest.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers vs. Jaguars defense
There’s not a whole lot to say here other than it’s MVP Aaron Rodgers against the 31st ranked defense in the league. . at Lambeau Field. Barring an injury or a hurricane rolling through town, I expect Rodgers to continue the tear that he is currently on: 9 TD’s, 0 INT’s and a QB rating of 140.8 in his last two games. Rodgers has found his swagger and he’s very likely to take it out on the Jags’ secondary on Sunday.
The Jaguars are giving up 264 passing yards/game. Green Bay averages 266 through the air. Don’t be surprised if Rodgers’ total is close to that mark or even a bit less. The Pack are dinged up at wide receiver and will surely be without Greg Jennings (groin) and likely won’t have Jordy Nelson (hamstring) available. I expect the Pack to try and establish the run early and work the clock. If that is the plan of attack, Rodgers likely won’t have to throw more than 25 times.
Either way, I expect to see some explosive throws come off the arm of Rodgers and it should be fun to watch.
Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert vs. Packers defense
With Jones-Drew out, that leaves Gabbert as the key hope the Jags have on offense. The Packers have had their issues stopping the pass this season, but that was against Drew Brees and a very gifted Andrew Luck. Gabbert is neither of those two. By virtue of the number of pass attempts he has, Gabbert may put up some yards, but I hardly expect to see Jacksonville marching down the Lambeau Field turf at will.