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When Oakland Has the Ball
The Oakland Raider offense has been an enigma all season. Carson Palmer has run hot and cold; this week he's scheduled to be "hot."
The Raiders have the speed to push the Green Bay secondary, especially if Charles Woodson is unable to go (concussion). Without Woodson, the Packers are even more vulnerable in the backfield and will have to scramble to keep up with the speedy Raider receivers.
Green Bay's strength on defense is its ability to force turnovers and create sacks. Clay Matthews will have a tough go against a very smart Raider offensive line, but Palmer is known for his penchant for interceptions. Green Bay should be able to create turnovers this week.
When Green Bay Has the Ball
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
That's the motto in Green Bay this week, where the Packers have won 18 straight games and look unbeatable.
Aaron Rodgers is on pace to have the best season of any quarterback who has ever played the game, and with his five receivers and athletic tight end, the offense is always dangerous.
The Raiders have a good pass rush, especially off the edge, and they'll pressure a bad left tackle in Marshall Newhouse. Rodgers has an unbelievably quick delivery, and he'll need it this week as the Raiders pressure his blind side.
Prediction: Green Bay 42, Oakland 31