Does Andrew Luck have a chance to pull off the upset against the suddenly beatable Packers? Or will Aaron Rodgers decimate this sketchy Colts secondary in yet another MVP performance?
Keep reading to find out, as we cover where and when to watch the game, find out what’s at stake, point out players to watch, predict the outcome and much more.
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.
When: Sunday, Oct. 7 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
Listen: Online at NFL Audio Pass
Betting Line: Packers -7, Over/Under 48 (Via ScoresAndOdds.com)
What’s At Stake?
Green Bay is attempting to get above .500 for the first time this year, while the Colts are trying to reach 2-2 during this critical Week 5 matchup.
While the Packers don’t need to panic yet, their controversial defeat at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football may come back to haunt them. Two of their NFC North rivals, the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings, are 3-1.
Dropping an easy game on the road to a young and inexperienced Colts team could do irreparable damage to the Pack’s chances of winning the division and earning a bye come playoff time.
Conversely, a win for Luck and company against Rodgers, Clay Matthews and the rest of this experienced Packers squad would do wonders for the psyche of the young and upcoming Colts.
Injury Report (via ESPN.com)
WR Greg Jennings, Groin, Questionable
RB James Starks, Toe, Questionable
S M.D. Jennings, Shoulder, Questionable
LB Robert Mathis, Knee, Probable
Packers Player to Watch: Cedric Benson
While it’s not often a Packers running back is considered the player to watch, Benson has an extremely favorable matchup against Indy.
The Colts are giving up 131.3 yards per game to opposing rushers and have already allowed four rushing touchdowns in three games. Indianapolis’ defense has been gashed for four runs of 20-or-more yards.
Since Benson has received 184 of the 186 snaps awarded a Green Bay running back (info via Kevin Seifert of ESPN), it’s safe to say he could be in line for a lot of touches and a big day on Sunday.
Colts Player to Watch: Andrew Luck
The Colts signal-caller has impressive stats since a rough season-opening loss to the Bears on the road. In the two games since then, he’s gone 42-of-77 for 537 yards and four touchdowns, with just one interception. He’s also had eight scrambles for 71 yards, helping his team move the chains.
He has a decent matchup against an opportunistic Green Bay secondary this Sunday. The Packers have given up just 201.2 yards per game in the air but have been torched for eight TDs and 15 passes for more than 20 yards.
If Luck can avoid interceptions and fumbles, he has a chance to lead the Colts to an upset win.
Prediction: Green Bay 30, Indianapolis 20
The Packers are going to pick up a relatively easy W in Lucas Oil Stadium this weekend. The Colts are a tough and gritty team, but they lack experience—which will severely hurt them in a matchup with Green Bay.
Expect Rodgers to put up his usual numbers, while Benson works on raising his 3.6-yard average against this weak defense.
Luck will lead the Colts to a few scores, but the Packers will eventually pull away and create a big turnover to put the contest out of reach.