It is pretty amazing the Green Bay Packers are the favorite to win the Super Bowl right now considering they enter this season with more questions than I think they’ve had since 2008.
Is Jordy Nelson back? Can he and Jared Cook instantly transform this offense back to a top unit and make last season an aberration? Or is this offense on a downward trend? Can Aaron Rodgers start this season like he did last year and help us forget about the second half of that season? Is this defense with all of its young starters ready to be a top defensive unit? Is Eddie Lacy going to have a big year and a big payday?
Like nearly every other NFL fan base at this point, we’ve seen very little of our starting offense and none of it with Jordy Nelson out there or Lane Taylor at left guard. Rodgers says he doesn’t need practice. We will see.
Regardless, though these Jacksonville Jaguars are clearly a better team than in years past, they have more questions than the Packers, and they will probably be a better unit by the mid-point of this season.
A new left guard for the Packers? So what? The Jaguars have three of five new starters on their offensive line including the entire left side. Who will those new guys be blocking? Mike Daniels and Clay Matthews.
The Jags brought in Chris Ivory to help strengthen their run game, but they aren’t expected to be a run-heavy team. They are expected to rely on the pass, and the Packers’ strength on defense is against the pass. If the left side of the line can’t get it done against Daniels and Matthews, the Jaguars are going to have some real issues moving the football.
The Jags have spent a Brinks truck of cash and a load of high picks to improve their defense. We will see how that goes. Just like every other team did last season, the Jags will need to stuff Eddie Lacy and then get after Aaron Rodgers. I think they will need to totally overwhelm the Packers’ offensive line to win this game.
I believe Blake Bortles and his decent group of weapons can have some success against the Packers defense. But I don’t think it will be consistent, and Bortles will have to be careful because the Packers have some playmakers back there. A decent showing from the run game against a Packers’ front seven more to built to stop the pass than the run would help immensely.
Heat should be no factor. Unless you are living in Canada or Siberia, you should be getting pretty used to 90s at this point.
I am VERY interested in what we are going to see on Sunday, but keep in mind, teams are rarely the same units in December that they were in Week 1.
Packers 27, Jaguars 20
And here we go. Real football is finally here.
Let’s start by saying this. The Green Bay Packers have more talent than the Jacksonville Jaguars. They also have more fans than the Jacksonville Jaguars, since the only way those clowns can sell out a game is by having the Packers in town.
Yes, that’s a way for me to point out that the Jacksonville Jaguars are a fucking joke.
Junior fucking varsity.
That said, this team has some talent. Probably as much talent as any Jags team since Mark Brunell was forced to play there. And I say forced to play there because all of Florida is a fucking pit that should be bombed into the Atlantic Ocean.
Jacksonville is a great example why. Despite being filled with a bunch of racist rednecks that fuck their cousins, they can’t sell out a football game.
Apparently, they’re too busy fucking their cousins and watching cars drive around in circles!
And that’s entertainment!
The south, man…
Anyway, here’s what I expect from this game.
I expect the Packers offense to come out and suck it up for about 2.5 quarters. That’s what happens when you don’t play any of your starters during the preseason.
I expect Fat Mike to make several buffoonish decisions and then I expect to yell at that fat prick. I expect this only because Fat Mike IS a fucking buffoon. That’s why I call him Buffoon.
Good job, Buffoon.
I’ll be saying that a lot on Sunday.
But the Packers are going to win. They’re going to win despite Buffoon and their broken offense. They’re going to win because of their defense.
There are going to be some hiccups. If I were the Jags, I’d run right at Dean Lowry on pretty much every play. I’d also throw to my tight end on passing downs to test Blake Martinez, assuming my tight end is faster than Martinez is (he is).
However, other than those two areas, I think this Packers defense is legit. Legit like maybe top 10 legit.
They will carry the day. They will make enough plays to outlast the Buffoon and the wonky offense.
The spread ranges from 4.5 to 6 for the Pack.
Find it. Take it.
Packers 27, Jaguars 17