Green Bay Packers vs. Indianapolis Colts: Bold Predictions for Each Team
The Packers are coming off a hard-fought 28-27 victory over the New Orleans Saints and finally catch a break in their tough schedule before a much anticipated road matchup with the Houston Texans in Week 6.
While the 2012 season isn’t quite playing out how Green Bay had desired, Aaron Rodgers seems to be clicking with receivers again and the defense is playing well, ranked ninth in yards (314.3) and points allowed (20.3) per game.
The Colts, however, came into this season with little expectation. The goal was to get Andrew Luck through his rookie season and find out what areas the team needs to build on for the future.
After a rough first game, a 41-21 loss to the Chicago Bears, Luck is doing a much better job of adjusting to the pro game. If the Colts can find consistency out of the backfield, this team could exceed expectations.
Green Bay should have little trouble in this game, but the quarterback battle could turn out to be very interesting.
Here is one bold prediction for each in Sunday’s matchup:
Aaron Rodgers Has Back-to-Back 300-Yard, 4-Touchdown Games for First Time in His Career
Coming off a season in 2011 in which the league’s MVP threw for 4,643 yards and 45 touchdowns, expectations for Rodgers couldn’t be any higher.
However, off to a relatively slow start by his standards, everything seemed to fall back into place for Rodgers and Co. in last week’s win over the Saints. The quarterback completed over 75 percent of his passes to eight different receivers on his way to a 319-yard, four-touchdown performance.
While the Colts are a respectable 15th in the league against the pass at 231.3 yards per game, the Green Bay offense is relentless and will want to keep the momentum going.
Look for Rodgers to have another huge game this week.
Andrew Luck Tallies First 300-Yard, 3-Touchdown Game of His Career
Luck isn’t quite having the season that Robert Griffin III is, but with little around him—and not expected to do much with his legs—he is doing a decent job and will only get better.
The Colts will be playing catch up for most of the season, and Sunday’s game with the Packers will be no different. This will put the ball in Luck’s hands a lot and expedite his maturation process in the NFL.
The Packers' defense has played well against the pass this season, allowing just 201.3 yards per game. But Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees just torched Green Bay for 446 yards and three touchdowns last week.
Green Bay’s other three opponents are the biggest reason for their low yield in passing yards. The San Francisco 49ers', Chicago Bears' and Seattle Seahawks' offenses all rank 24th or lower in the league through the air this season; the Colts rank 12th at 266.7 yards per game.
If Indianapolis finds itself behind on the scoreboard, Luck should be able to find plenty of open receivers on Sunday.
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