Jaguars vs. Packers: What Each Team Must Do to Win Midseason Matchup

Ryan DavenportContributor IOctober 28, 2012

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 21:  Wide receiver Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers celebrate their three yard touchdown reception against the St. Louis Rams in the first quarter at Edward Jones Dome on October 21, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. The Packers defeated the Rams 30-20.   (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The Jacksonville Jaguars and Green Bay Packers will meet at Lambeau Field for what will be a critical Week 8 game for both teams.

For the Packers, this game represents not only an opportunity to build on their consecutive victories against the Houston Texans and St. Louis Rams, but also to continue to mount an attack for that postseason berth that once seemed to be a foregone conclusion. 

At the 1-5 Jaguars' end of the field, this week is all about getting a feel-good win on the road in order to turn their season around or, at the very least, gain some confidence for the future.

Here's a look at what each team must do in order to win this Week 9 clash.  


Green Bay

The Packers need to continue to do exactly what they've been doing lately, as Aaron Rodgers has thrown for an other-worldly nine touchdowns in two games since Green Bay lost to the Colts in Week 6.

Rodgers, James Jones and Randall Cobb have been dominant through the air, and if the Packers can turn this game into a shootout, they'll be a sure bet to easily out-gun Blaine Gabbert and the Jags' floundering offense.

There aren't many quarterbacks in the game that can keep pace with Rodgers' passing game, and none not named Robert Griffin III or Michael Vick that can keep up with him on the ground as well.

If the Packers' vaunted offense keeps rolling, so too will the team. 



The Jaguars' chances of winning depend heavily on the defense's ability to turn this contest into a ground game, because the Packers rushing attack isn't nearly as effective without Cedric Benson on the field.

That, and the Jags are obviously in better hands with Maurice Jones-Drew than they are with Gabbert, as Jacksonville ranks dead last in the league in terms of passing yards.

But with Jones-Drew out, the Jags are forced to go with Rashad Jennings, and though he'll probably out-run Green Bay's Alex Green and Rodgers, it'll be tough for him to carry the mail en route to a Jacksonville victory.