Despite a rough start by the offense, the Green Bay Packers are 1-0. A win over the Chicago Bears, on the backs of the team’s defense, sent Matt LaFleur home happy last Thursday night as the only first-year head coach to win in week one of the 2019 season.
A new challenge faces LaFleur in week two, as the Minnesota Vikings come to town for the Packers’ home opener. His main task as a play-caller will be to help Aaron Rodgers get back on track after a game that saw him struggle to put together consistent drives against a tough Bears defense. However, Rodgers has had his share of issues against Mike Zimmer-coached defenses in the past, so this week will make for another tough go.
It’s the second in a string of several straight games that the Packers will play against very good defensive teams. Green Bay hosts the Denver Broncos next week, a team that finished 2018 fifth in defensive DVOA, followed by a Thursday night game against the Philadelphia Eagles, who ranked first in the NFL in QB hits last year by a large margin.
Thus, Mike Pettine must get good performances out of his defense to ensure that Rodgers and company can do enough to find ways to win. It’s an unusual script for a Rodgers-led Packers team, but one that the team must follow until he and LaFleur can get the offense back to a high level of play.
Hopefully that happens on Sunday against the Vikings. For Packers fans around the country, here’s how and when to tune in for the game.
Minnesota Vikings (1-0) and Green Bay Packers (1-0)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Sunday, September 15th, 2019
12:00 Noon Central Time (1:00 PM Eastern)
TV Channel: FOX
Commentators: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston
Packers Radio Network
WTMJ.com (desktop computers only)
Week 2: @Packers 29, Vikings 29
Week 12: @Vikings 24, Packers 17
Point spread: Packers favored by 3
Over/under total: 43.5
All-Time Head-to-Head Record
Regular Season: Packers lead 59-53-3
Playoffs: Tied 1-1