Packers vs. Bengals: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More
After beating AFC rival Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football, the Cincinnati Bengals face a tougher challenge in Week 3 when the Green Bay Packers come to town.
Both teams enter this contest with 1-1 records after opening the season with tough losses to playoff-caliber teams.
The Packers torched the Washington Redskins 38-20 at home in Week 2, as Aaron Rodgers passed for 480 yards and four touchdowns. Green Bay's offense was unstoppable, but the Bengals will provide much more resistance than what we saw from the Redskins.
Cincinnati struggled to move the ball on offense in the first half against the Steelers, but a dominant defensive performance by the front seven kept the team in the game. Andy Dalton suddenly came alive in the second half, leading the Bengals on two scoring drives to seal the victory at home.
Here's what you need to know about what should be a thrilling game between the Packers and Bengals.
When: Sunday, Sept. 22, at 1 p.m. ET
Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
Betting Lines (via Bovada)
- Over/Under: 47 pts.
- Spread: Cincinnati (+2)
Packers Injury Report (via NFL.com)
|Johnny Jolly||DE||Neck||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|T.J. Lang||G||Back||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Jermichael Finley||TE||Toe||Limited Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Eddie Lacy||RB||Concussion||Did Not Participate in Practice||Questionable|
|Jarrett Bush||CB||Hamstring||Did Not Participate in Practice||Out|
|Morgan Burnett||S||Hamstring||Did Not Participate in Practice||Out|
|Tramon Williams||CB||Groin||Limited Participation in Practice||Probable|
|John Kuhn||RB||Hamstring||Did Not Participate in Practice||Doubtful|
|Casey Hayward||CB||Hamstring||Out (Definitely Will Not Play)||Out|
Bengals Injury Report (via NFL.com)
|Jeromy Miles||S||Hamstring||Limited Participation in Practice||Questionable|
|Giovani Bernard||RB||Hamstring||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Alex Smith||TE||Illness||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Brandon Ghee||CB||Concussion||Did Not Participate in Practice||Out|
|Anthony Collins||T||Knee||Did Not Participate in Practice||Questionable|
|Mike Pollak||G||Knee||Did Not Participate in Practice||Doubtful|
|Adam Jones||CB||Abdomen||Limited Participation in Practice||Questionable|
|Carlos Dunlap||DE||Thigh||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Dre Kirkpatrick||CB||Hamstring||Did Not Participate in Practice||Doubtful|
|Marvin Jones||WR||Foot||Limited Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Robert Geathers||DE||Elbow||Out (Definitely Will Not Play)||Out|
|Wallace Gilberry||DE||Knee||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
Can Cincinnati's Secondary Stymie Green Bay's Aerial Attack?
The Bengals feature a dynamic front seven that is adept at bringing the heat to opposing quarterbacks. Michael Johnson, Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins are all capable of winning one-on-one matchups more often than not, and Green Bay's offensive line will struggle to contain them.
That said, Rodgers is masterful at avoiding pressure and making big plays while rolling out of the pocket to either side. He can deliver strikes from any angle to anywhere on the field, and his receivers are good at finding open spots when plays break down.
This puts tremendous pressure on opposing secondaries, as we've seen all too clearly in the Packers' first two contests. Rodgers has totaled 813 yards with seven touchdowns against the San Francisco 49ers and Redskins.
While Washington's defense is far from impressive, the same can't be said for that of San Francisco.
The defensive backs for Cincinnati must be sharp this week, or Rodgers will carve up yet another defensive secondary.
Green Bay's defense is susceptible to getting burned both against the run (as we saw against Washington) and against the pass (as San Francisco demonstrated).
With the right game plan and solid execution, Andy Dalton can find consistent success. Rookie tight end Tyler Eifert and rookie running back Giovani Bernard have both proven themselves to be special players, and A.J. Green is one of the best players in the NFL.
Which team will win?
But it's hard to imagine Dalton keeping up with Rodgers in a shootout.
Cincinnati's defense is good. It may be one of the best in the league, but Rodgers is playing at such a high level right now.
Advantage: Green Bay
Packers win 31-24
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