After surviving the gauntlet of facing their two toughest division rivals to open the season in the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings and winning both games, the Packers get a little bit of break with the 0-2 Broncos coming to Lambeau Field.
While the team may not be familiar, Green Bay does face a common nemesis in Denver head coach Vic Fangio. Fangio served as the Bears’ defensive coordinator the past few seasons and has stymied Aaron Rodgers and company at times.
Meanwhile for the Packers, the offense looks to continue to progress after a sizzling first quarter flamed out for the remaining three against the Vikings. While the Broncos defense may not be what it once was, it still has a secondary that is very good and under Fangio’s tutelage they could cause the still-developing Green Bay offense to struggle.
The Packers’ defense however should have an easier time against a Denver offense that struggled against the Oakland Raiders and, perhaps more understandably, against the Bears last week. The defense may need to carry the day one more time even if the task ahead is a little easier for the offense.
There’s more on what to expect this weekend plus what is likely the headline of the year in today’s cheese curds.
It’s pretty early in the season for a “trap game” especially against a strong defensive mind like Fangio, but it could almost be easy to overlook this game. The Packers can’t fall into that mindset.
The view from the opposition.
Both Jaire Alexander and Kevin King have left interceptions on the table so far (though King redeemed himself with a clutch turnover against Minnesota) and know they have to make those plays if the defense wants to improve on an overall impressive start to 2019.
The Packers finally add a Smith that doesn’t play linebacker and this one could be a good addition to special teams. Tremon Smith was a solid returner for Kansas City last season and could push Trevor Davis for competition at that spot.
Headline left in all caps for added effect. That’s the sort of headline that you just stare at in wonder at and likely don’t even read the story.