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Packers Question of the Day: Expectations for Sunday

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Packers Question of the Day: Expectations for Sunday

Sunday marks the third time in Aaron Rodgers' starting career that he'll face off against the Cincinnati Bengals. The first two meetings resulted in a Packers loss.

Now, he'll get a chance to finally knock off the Bengals -- the only team in his career that he has yet to beat aside from the Packers. Let's hope he never gets a chance to do some damage against the latter.

The Packers are trudging back home to Lambeau Field with a bruised and battered roster following their Sunday night loss to the Atlanta Falcons. However, they do get some players back such as Ahmad Brooks and Jordy Nelson (assuming he plays), and Montravius Adams is expected to make his rookie debut.

What are your expectations for the game?


Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV and a contributor/analyst for the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

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Johnblood27's picture

My prediction...?


dschwalm's picture

...and more PAIN!!

Johnblood27's picture


I expect Rodgers to be a surgeon on Sunday. He follows average-poor performance with laser focus. ...and he probably really wants to beat the Bengals, he likes scalps on his belt and this is one he doesnt have.

I expect the Packer defense to look fast and swarm to the ball despite CMIII crashing and leaving run gaps open.

I expect Kenny Clark to follow up his invisible showing vs ATL with a "Mike Who?" type of performance.

I expect (heres a reach...) for MM to see the light and start Kevin King on AJ Green and if Brice cant go to play Josh Jones A LOT.

I expect a Davon House sighting, it is time for him to deliver a leadership type performance On The Field.

I expect to see Davante Adams break out in a big way this week. Its contract time.

I expect to see much more time for AR in the pocket with the interior OL doing a better job of keeping pressure out of his face.

I expect to see way too much of Martellus Bennett for my liking, and he better catch the damn ball!

I expect for MM (heres another reach) to actually USE his huge stable of RB. That means seeing snaps for Aaron Jones even if at the expense of Jamaal Williams reps.

I expect a convincing win with all gas and no brake.

dschwalm's picture

As much as I liked your last expectation, I think you're wishful thinking. There is just no precedent to warrant that expectation that I could uncover

Johnblood27's picture

I am who I am...

I won't lower my expectations because another human is sub-par. That includes mashed potato mike. Love that name.

Like Lombardi said, "always strive for perfection, in its pursuit you just might catch excellence"

Duke Divine's picture

Bungholes cover +9. Book it.

RCPackerFan's picture

My expectations:

Montgomery has a very good game, but plays fewer snaps then the first 2 games.
I think we see more of the rookies in this game. Williams and Jones get more snaps then the first 2 games.

I think we will see Lance Kendricks having his biggest game as a Packer so far. With Cobb questionable I think we will see Kendricks playing a lot more.

If Bulaga and Nelson can play (they have been practicing) I think we start seeing the offense finally get going.

On defense I think we see King and Jones playing a lot. I don't think Brice will play which means they will use Jones as the 3rd safety.
If House can't play don't be surprised if we see Hawkins playing as well.

I think this game maybe closer then a lot of people think, mostly due to the injuries the Packers have. I wouldn't be surprised if the defense struggles a bit early either. The Bengals fired their OC and have had a week and a half to prepare. I think they will come up with some different looks that we haven't seen before. Probably try to get their fast rookies the ball in space.

I think the Packers win, but the game might be a little closer.

Johnblood27's picture

If Kendricks shows up and takes a breath he will surpass everything he has ever done in a Packer uniform.

mrtundra's picture

I am hoping we don't underestimate the Bengals. Even though they are having their problems, it would be foolish for the Packers to think this game is a cakewalk. The Bengals are also playing in Lambeau where a victory for them would nullify the bad taste of defeat they've had in their mouths, lately. The Packers have never blown away teams that are playing poorly and usually play down to their level. Rodgers has never defeated the Bengals. I look for a close game, say 24-17 Packers. Hopefully the Packers come away with the victory and no new injuries.

Tarynfor12's picture

I expect the unexpected which is what we usually get...good or bad.
The offense should perform well but our defense will frustrate Rodgers possibly forcing the late game error, perhaps not by Rodgers but someone/ somehow.
I'll take Cincy +9.5 and little on the out right win.

Doug_In_Sandpoint's picture

Way too much negativity and hand wringing going on around here. From what I've seen there are a ton of truly wretched teams out there and a few pretty good ones. I predict a pretty easy victory because we are at home, we have Rodgers, and we are simply a better team than the Bengals. I think we cover adequately for the injuries and our backups gain some much-needed experience this week. I believe the entire roster will play and we will save some energy for the Bears (which is always tough no matter how bad they suck).

Our ace in the hole is me. I get to attend both games, am loving life, and living big. When we win both, I expect to be on the blue chip list. If we lose either game, you can rate me UGLY (not a stretch even if we win).

RCPackerFan's picture

Love the optimism!

We don't have enough of that here.

Tarynfor12's picture

How hard is it to be's not.
If optimistic views are all that needs be spoken/heard, why have a comment section as everyone can just say...we'll win.
It isn't easy to accept loss or predict it for something held dear. But disrespecting one who can do so seems, to some, even easier than the mundane chants/raving of those who simply want optimistic views regardless of what really is clear....this team is no better/worse than the last one, the one before, and before and before, in that they will likely appease those who garner the mundane yearly entry to the playoffs, either as Division winner or wildcard, with the final game being played without them. To them, win, lose or draw is of no separation, but those who like winners are dismissed as pessimistic non fans.
I stand by what 'my' eyes tell me, whether perceived as optimistic/pessimistic, mine speak true fan.

RCPackerFan's picture

Its not hard to be optimistic. Its a personal choice. Whether you see the glass half full or half empty.

The meaning of optimistic is being hopeful and confident of the future.

I'm full of optimism with the Packers. I see the glass as half full. Not empty. There will be bumps in the road. The ball will bounce the wrong way in some games. But I love my team and I am going to enjoy the ride along the way.

Tarynfor12's picture

Ah, the half full half empty definition of optismism/pessimism. The problem is sometimes one must simply accept what it is...a half glass of whatever to be nothing more or less....just half.

Tarynfor12's picture

One who sees the glass half empty doesn't mean the hope for more is gone...just more skeptical of what is being offered to sway the change.

I don't assume water to be in the pool...I check first no matter how trustful the owner appears....
Blind faith could really hurt.

LAS VEGAS-TOM's picture

Tarynfor12, I honestly cannot pick this game. Anyone could pick GB to win here, but throw in 9 points & get some money out, makes it a whole different Ballgame. If this were any other team but GB, I'd give the 9 or
9 1/2. I'd like to bet this game, but I want to bet it the Hard Way. Once again, as I said last week, I don't know if Cinn +9 is enough to get the money off of GB. If I'm Right, You are Right!! I think the 1st half will be
Cinn +5. Doesn't that look better than +9 1/2 ??

Tarynfor12's picture

LVT...with Eifert and Ross out for Cincy, it gives the Packer defense a tick or two up and the line should be 7.5 at best @GB.
Even with the play of Cincy the last two games I would find to it hard to fathom GB being 7 pt favorite if in Cincy based on defense of Pack and hot and cold offense also, less the unforced errors this team is prone to offer up.
Can they win by double digits, yes. Should they, yes. Will they, unlikely.
They may be looking at the more important Division game Thursday.

LAS VEGAS-TOM's picture

Hey Tarynfor12, I agree with you. Where we differ is on the money. I'm thinking you'd have a better shot on the 1st half @ Cinn+5 because more $$$ would be on GB @-5 than @ -9 1/2. Just the way I think? I'm off this game. I can't see it. I'm on Oakland, & I'm not sure I'm the right way there? Are you in Idaho or Las Vegas??

Tarynfor12's picture

Vegas baby, Vegas!

Tarynfor12's picture

Oak either way....half or final is good but I'd wait till game day to see if money comes on Wash and get a lower price than -160....but bet Oak.

LAS VEGAS-TOM's picture

Tarynfor12, Any chance to meet at GV Ranch to talk football. No B.S.

RCPackerFan's picture

It's all in perspective.

dblbogey's picture

Imagine that the half full glass is a really, really large glass. Loads of optimism.

Samson's picture

RC:-- As you age, you'll find out that being realistic is really the key - especially when being a football fan. ---- Your own personal optimism or negativity has "zero" affect on any game or team. -- You use your giddy optimism to only hide your reservations about the Pack.

RCPackerFan's picture

I try to be as realistic as possible.

I'm still an optimist.

I believe the Packers can win a Super Bowl this year. I'm not saying they will. I think they can though. Listening to some people though you would swear they were setting themselves up for the first pick of the draft every year.

dschwalm's picture

I hope you return here on Monday after that overly optimistic expectation. Regardless of how many walking wounded the Packers shove onto the field, a FG will win it. I just can't decide what team yet.

Doug_In_Sandpoint's picture

Better believe I'll be here. Have been for many, many years. And Taryn, my Idaho friend, while I am naturally optimistic person, I don't think optimism equates to being unrealistic, or pessimism to being a realist (or being a true fan). I supported this team when they sucked in the 70's and 80's, hoped fro the best, but expected the worst. For the last two decades I've hoped for the best and expected the best.

That being said, every team has a 1:32 chance to win it all. It is very difficult and sometimes luck overtakes skill (meaning the best team doesn't always win). It is a funny shaped ball and it bounces weird. Last year, I didn't think we would win it all so I was pretty stoked to make it to the NFCCG. This year we will improve throughout the season and end up better than we were last year, so Super Bowl or bust.

LAS VEGAS-TOM's picture

If you think a FG will win this game, I suggest you listen to Taryn, get to a Betting Window & take Cincinnati.

TXCHEESE's picture

Cincy has some pass rush, so I expect the quick passing game and some screens to be a priority. I may be way off, but I also expect our defense to have a stellar outing this week. I can't help but believe they will come in with a chip on their shoulder after the whipping they took in the first half against Atlanta. I'm thinking the Packers 28 - 13.

Lphill's picture

I expect a win , I am excited to see Montavis Adams play , I think our outside linebackers are ok without Perry , I don't think we should lean on Jordy too much if we don't have to , Packers 28 Cincy 20

Tarynfor12's picture

Only to pose the question.....If it's okay to assume that we'll be okay without Perry, why then was it imperative to sign him to such an over priced deal?
Or is this assumption only a game to game mindset with exclamation depending on opponent.
His contract, imo, appears via a large number here was him being a must play weekly regardless of opponent, which was deemed by the deep hope of a full 16 game show up.
If we can get by without him during his injury stages, surely we could have deemed so without him altogether and acquire one less oft injured and definitely a tad more consistent based on track records.
Not bashing....just wondering. : )

Samson's picture

The Bengals are a mess. -- This may make them a little more dangerous than normal but it won't be nearly enough to beat the Pack in GB. --- MM needs to be smart and use his players sparingly who are less than 100% once GB builds a huge 1st half lead. MM also needs to make sure his players are hydrated all game long. The temps will be pushing 90 degrees.

Final:--- GB 38 Bengals 13.

RCPackerFan's picture

I hope your final prediction is right.

And yes, this is going to be a very hot game.

Lphill's picture

Tarynfor I could give or take Perry I was just stating that I don't think not having him for this game will be a big deal . We may see more fronts , More Dial , move Clark over put Adams in the middle . In fact we may discover a better run defense when all is said and done .

Packer Fan's picture

I expect a victory a home. My wants are: get the offense running smoothly and getting Rodgers playing like he did at the end of the season. Gotta get that going early this season. And I would like to hear the announcers constantly telling how the Pack's offense is using the matchup opportunities to move the change. Next want is to see Josh Hawkins getting some playtime. Can he improve throughout the year? Give him a chance. I want to see Jones and King used a lot so they can adjust and improve during the year. I want them playing like veterans at years end.

croatpackfan's picture

I see one TD scored by Packers on deep ball for 80 yards... I see 2 rushing TD by Ty Montgomery... I see 1 TD catch from Bennett, Davante and Jordy... That would be 42 points for Packers. And I see 4 FG. For Bengals.

I see Bengals got 1 INT. It will be thrown by Brett...

Since '61's picture

I expect a Packers victory!
I'm expecting to see King, J. Jones and Adams not only play but contribute. Hopefully we will see Hawkins as well.
Also expect our offense to be aggressive from the beginning. Go out and take this game. The Bengals are 0-2 with a new OC. We should get some quick scores and take them out of whatever game plan the new OC has.
Thanks, Since '61

LAS VEGAS-TOM's picture

Since '61, The line is moving downward. It's now
7 1/2 - 8 1/2. This does not bode well for GB. You asked if the line would move down, because of the injuries. That's what most would tell you, but Not Me.

I've seen it too often. Vegas gets the money going to the side it wants. I've seen it too many times. In this case it looks like GB. The lower the line goes the more money goes on GB, the higher it goes, the more money goes on Cinn. It doesn't always work, but it works more often than not. If the line moves 2+ pt's I always go with that team, & win most of those bets. Not all of them, but most of them. I told you last week you have to bet every game the same. This is one rule I never deviate from & have made a lot of money from. I'll be watching this closely. If this line continues down to 7 or 7 1/2 across the board, I'll have a hard time not getting back on this game.

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