Key Battles Week 3- Packers vs. Broncos

The Packers head into Sunday's contest looking to continue their winning ways and go 3-0.  As John Kuhn suggested to Aaron Rodgers, this week's matchup is considered to be the epitome of a trap game as the Broncos head into Lambeau field at 0-2 and the Packers have marquee matchups ahead against the Eagles and Cowboys in featured televised games.

Despite what popular logic tells us, I can guarantee the Packers will not be overlooking the Broncos as they have not had much success against them in recent years, and because Broncos head coach Vic Fangio owns Aaron Rodgers about as much as Aaron owns AT&T Stadium.

In order for these trends to be reversed and the Packers to come away with a win, here are the key battles I think could go a long way in determining whether the Packers come away with a "W" or an "L".

Key Battles:

1. Elgton Jenkins vs. Von Miller and Bradley Chubb:

With the rookie Jenkins getting his first NFL start, and the guard positions being the only path to Rodgers, I expect Fangio to send Chubb and Miller at Jenkins early and force him to prove he can hold up against the high heat of an elite pass rush.  

2. The Zone Rushing Attack vs. The Broncos Front Seven:

Last week we saw the Packers offense stall once the Vikings were able to shut down the running game and make Green Bay one dimensional.  The gameplan for the Broncos Defense should be plain and simple, shut down the zone rushing attack and then unleash Miller and Chubb on Jenkins and Turner.  If the Packers o-line can bulldoze and create lanes, this offense will have a more consistent showing, control the clock, and keep their defense fresh.  

3. Aaron Rodgers vs. Vic Fangio:

To this point, Aaron Rodgers has been nothing more than an elite game manager.  At this point, that's not a problem because he's faced good defenses and is getting used to a new system.  However, if the Packers want to be considered a real threat, Aaron must step up and make plays on a more consistent basis.  In order for the Packers to erase past history against Vic Fangio and the Broncos Aaron is going to have to step it up and make more plays in the passing game.  I look for a few big connections between him Davante Adams, and MVS.

4. Jaire Alexander vs. Emmanuel Sanders:

The key to keeping Joe Flacco in check is to make him a dink and dump passer.  In order to this and stall the Broncos passing attack, Jaire Alexander needs to shut down Emmanuel Sanders.  Last week, Alexander was a victim of letting the big play slip through his fingers (literally); tomorrow that cannot be the case.  Jaire needs to avoid giving up the big play and make the routine play.

5. Smith INC. vs. Garett Bolles:

Plain and simple, I am expecting Smith Incorporated to get after Garett Bolles and turn his day into a bad dream.  Bolles is a human penalty machine and Smith INC. takes no prisoners.  Translation, look for a lot of 1st&20 and 2nd&18 because of Garett Bolles giving up penalties and sacks.  

Prediction:

I see a much closer game then everyone is expecting because I am expecting Vic Fangio's scheme to contain the offense, however, this Green Bay defense will be unleashed.  I thhink this game becomes a knock down drag out fist fight in the trenches and the Packers emerge victorious by a scorre of 17-13.   

 

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David Michalski is a staff writer for Cheesehead TV. He can be found on Twitter @kilbas27dave 

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Slim11's picture

September 21, 2019 at 11:31 am

This has become a little more important now since Lane Taylor is now on IR. Jenkins, IMO, is a capable replacement. I have no doubt he will be tested early and often by Fangio's defense, Chubb and Miller in particular.

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PatrickGB's picture

September 21, 2019 at 01:20 pm

Hey, what about Billy Turner? Didn’t he used to play for the Broncos? So far he has been...meh. Wouldn’t they know what his weaknesses are and try and get past Him? Opposing teams have found that getting to Rodgers can best be accomplished by looping inside against the guards and center. I don’t understand the nuances of coaching but it seems to me that one way to beat the zone run game is to get penetration on the interior of the line. Also with Rodgers spending more time lining up behind center instead of shotgun it means that he has to sometimes turn his back on the pass rush in order to execute the zone game. That puts more stress on the guards and center.

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DavidMichalski's picture

September 22, 2019 at 07:42 am

Patrick,

Yea I think I quickly mentioned Turner as well, but I agree both Turner and Jenkins get tested early and often. If they can withstand the heat early in both pass and run block the Packers offense could come alive.

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Since'61's picture

September 21, 2019 at 03:34 pm

Broncos have never won in Green Bay.
Packers 26 - 10. Defense Rules!!! Go Pack Go!
Thanks, Since ‘61

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PatrickGB's picture

September 21, 2019 at 03:42 pm

“Alexander was a victim of letting the big play slip through his fingers (literally); tomorrow that cannot be the case. Jaire needs to avoid giving up the big play and make the routine play.”
He blamed it on the sun. I don’t see that happening again.
Also, for me, another key battle would be to get our TEs back in the game. Both in the run game and in the pass game. Both Lewis and Baylis can block and be available for receptions as well. This opens up the game for everything else on offense. My next worry is how we do the second MLB thing. Is it going to be hybrid again or will the new guy get involved? Martinez is good but who else can spell or assist when needed?

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stockholder's picture

September 21, 2019 at 03:48 pm

Field position. The packers can easily beat Denver with it. If you watched WI beat MI. You know it can happen.

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Lphill's picture

September 21, 2019 at 04:47 pm

Packers 30 Broncos 16 , Packers offense comes alive.

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CoachJV's picture

September 21, 2019 at 05:35 pm

The Offense will continue it's upward trend, but still not play a complete game. Defense is going to treat the Broncos like a $2 hooker in Bangkok.

Packers 24 - 6

Go Pack Go

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LeotisHarris's picture

September 21, 2019 at 09:03 pm

“...like a $2 hooker in Bangkok.”

Do have a daughter, Skippy? How about a wife? Did any man ever pay for any member of your family and abuse him/her? Maybe your mom?

Do better, asshat!

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CoachJV's picture

September 21, 2019 at 09:55 pm

Relax Nancyboy... I didn't mean to "trigger" you. Go to your "safe space". I'll be nice. I promise.

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LeotisHarris's picture

September 22, 2019 at 12:40 am

That’s what I expected from you in reply, JV. To me there’s no reason to joke about abuse of women or human trafficking. We see the impact of it every day. For you to so freely use that phrase here speaks to what your day-to-day is like. You had a lot of options available to you to describe how the Packers D will handle the Broncos, and that’s what you chose. That’s on you.

A secure and mature man would be able to see that and admit it was a poor choice of words. You chose to go into macho mode and double down with cliches.

I’m not “triggered”, JV, and I sure don’t need a “safe space.” I’ve had life experiences I’m sure would make you wet your pants. So, I’ll ask again. Do you have a daughter or wife? What do they think of men who so easily use language like you did here? Would it make your mother proud?

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CoachJV's picture

September 22, 2019 at 11:15 am

I am not going to engage in SJW commentary with you... this is a football site, not a socio-political forum.

I will apologize for offending you, and nothing more.

Now please... go away.

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Old School's picture

September 21, 2019 at 06:54 pm

Packer defense continues to keep people out of the endzone, offense has a little better rhythm. 30-13.

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Pierre's picture

September 21, 2019 at 07:25 pm

Packers D will need to carry the team to a victory again as the offense will continue to be inconsistent until Rodgers decides to not hold the ball so long and pass the ball accurately leading receivers in stride. Time will tell if Rodgers will improve his QB play as he learns the new offense or if his skills are just declining with his age.

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OldPacker's picture

September 21, 2019 at 08:08 pm

RUN THE BALL 35 TIMES! Quick release throws .. control the clock ..No Plays that take 30 minutes to develop
'That's Sarcasm" No falling back into school yard football!!

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Doug Niemczynski's picture

September 21, 2019 at 08:26 pm

Just a win and I'm happy. 6-3 is good for me

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12guage's picture

September 21, 2019 at 10:11 pm

It is suppose to rain game day and supposedly very hard. I'm betting alot of turnovers with both teams but the packers come out on top in a nail biter... 31-28

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CAG123's picture

September 21, 2019 at 11:24 pm

Lol Vangio owns Rodgers? Rodgers is 6-2 against Vangio while he was in Chicago.

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DavidMichalski's picture

September 22, 2019 at 07:38 am

Referring to his time in San Fran but even in his wins against the Bears there were some games where it was a struggle.

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