What a difference four years makes.
The last time the Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals played each other was in 2013. The Packers had drafted multiple running backs in that spring’s draft, landing Eddie Lacy in round two and Johnathan Franklin in round four. The game was Franklin’s coming out party, as he had over 100 yards rushing in the contest.
This year, neither of those running backs is on the roster, with Lacy departing for Seattle in free agency and Franklin having suffered a career-ending neck injury later on in 2013. However, the Packers again drafted multiple running backs this season — three, in fact — to form a backfield tandem with Ty Montgomery.
Meanwhile, the Packers have just six players who were in the starting lineup on that September day in 2013 on the roster at this point: Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, David Bakhtiari, Nick Perry, and Clay Matthews.
Sunday’s game should be a chance for the Packers to get back on track after their loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Here’s how and when to tune in.
Green Bay Packers (1-1) and Cincinnati Bengals (0-2)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Sunday, September 24th, 2017
3:25 PM Central Time
Commentators: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo
Broadcast map from 506 Sports (Packers-Bengals in red)
Packers favored by 9 points
Over/under total: 44.5
All-Time Series History
Bengals lead 5-7-0
Week 3, 2013
@Bengals 34, Packers 30