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Green Bay Packers Key Matchups vs the Bengals

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Tomorrow is another big game, potentially a trap game for the Green Bay Packers.

The Bengals have had the Packers’ number in Cincinnati, as they’ve been victorious at home vs the green and gold in each of their last two such meetings.

This one should be an offensive affair. Both teams have suffered quite a few injuries, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

The Green Bay Packers will have to take full advantage of every opportunity and capitalize on every possession. They’ll also have to focus on these three key matchups.

Rodgers vs the Bengals’ Secondary

Aaron Rodgers is back on track. The Bengals’ secondary won’t change that. Jessie Bates is a solid player from his safety position but he doesn’t have much help.

Eli Apple and Chidobe Awuzie have accounted for most of the snaps on the outside, and they both need some work. The two have allowed 30 completions on 50 attempts this season for over 250 yards and 2 scores with 0 INTs.

Mike Hilton in the slot has also been pretty unproductive. However, the Bengals own a decent passer rating allowed. They’ve been solid in the redzone and only let up 4 TDs through the air. Look for the Packers to dominate between the 20s.

With all the injuries to the offensive line, Matt LaFleur has adjusted to a quick-pass offense. It’s been successful. Rodgers is just the 27th most pressured QB in the NFL. It’s not what the Packers had planned but we’re not complaining. Rodgers and MLF have earned their money the last three weeks.

Packers’ Offensive Line vs God (Or Whoever your Deity Might Be)

David Bahktiari being placed on IR didn’t surprise anybody. Elgton Jenkins missing two straight games – potentially three straight – is a different story. He was supposed to be the savior for the Packers’ offensive line this year. Big sad.

They leaned on Yosh Nijman with some success. Now, the Green Bay Packers may also be without their fantastic rookie center, Josh Myers. What the HELL do we do now!?

It’s quite simple.

Lucas Patrick has already started games at center for the Green Bay Packers. Most teams don’t have a player like Lucas Patrick to step in off the bench. The Packers are lucky to have him. He knows the calls and can read the front like a QB.

If it’s up to me, Lucas Patrick starts at center if Myers can’t go. Even if Jenkins is active, I’m starting Patrick at center. I love what Yosh Nijman has done, but the offense is very different if Jenkins is protecting the blindside.

Bengals WRs vs Packers CBs

The Bengals have a fantastic trio of wide receivers. Tyler Boyd is the crafty vet. Tee Higgins is the big-bodied possession receiver. And Ja’Marr Chase is this year’s version of Justin Jefferson… maybe. Can the Green Bay Packers contain this trio?

It’s easy to just say no, given the injuries. But there’s a chance that the Green Bay Packers can actually matchup with these guys… even without Jaire Alexander.

Eric Stokes on Ja’Marr Chase would be arguably the most interesting rookie matchup of the entire season. This is a HUGE opportunity for Stokes.

Kevin King – who might be active this weekend – may actually be able to cover Tee Higgins. Both players are notoriously physical along the route and neither man wins the length or speed battle against the other.

That brings us to Tyler Boyd… What’s the plan here? Chandon Sullivan can’t hang with him. But Darnell Savage absolutely can. Boyd is the slot receiver in 3-wide formations and has the veteran nuance in his route-running that allows him to get open against almost anybody.

What does Joe Barry do with this opportunity? Does he trust a potentially mismatched defensive backfield, or maybe lean on some safety help?

We’ll find out tomorrow.

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