Week 8 is officially underway, with the New England Patriots knocking off the Miami Dolphins last night on Thursday Night Football. That means we're closing in on this weekend's premier matchup: the Green Bay Packers vs. Denver Broncos.
However, before we can dive into that matchup, we need to talk more about Eddie Lacy's weight.
The interesting tidbit here is Eddie Lacy's training camp weight. Rob Demovsky reports that Lacy came in at 242 pounds, which meshes with much of what those around the team said at the time. That's big, but Lacy has played well above his listed 234 pounds his entire professional career.
Nate Silver has a knack for predictions, and right now you'd be hard pressed to find better teams in the AFC and NFC than the Patriots and Packers respectively.
Sacks don't tell the full story about a pass rusher's performance, but Julius Peppers is certainly playing efficiently this season. Clay Matthews has also seen his pressure totals spike despite fewer pass rush opportunities. All around, it's been a good year for Green Bay's defensive front.
The Packers and Broncos combine for 12 wins, zero losses and seven MVPs. No wonder prices have skyrocketed for this matchup. However, if you plan to buy or sell tickets to the game within the Denver city limits, be warned: selling tickets above face value is illegal, even around the stadium.
Sports Illustrated's Greg A. Bedard, who covered the Packers earlier in his career, doesn't think the team's recent run of inconsistent offensive showings is not necessarily indicative of future performance. As Bedard notes, Green Bay's dearth of healthy weapons hindered the offense over their last three games. That should change with Davante Adams return and a refreshed Randall Cobb and James Jones.