The Green Bay Packers are looking to rebound after a bad loss to the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday night. This week at Lambeau they will play the Cincinnati Bengals, a team that has gotten off to such a bad start they haven’t even scored a touchdown yet this season. The Bengals already replaced their offensive coordinator and there’s talks of doing the same with quarterback Andy Dalton and Head-Coach Marvin Lewis. Many have dismissed this game as an easy win for the Packers and even a game to vent some frustrations after the loss to Atlanta but I believe these Bengals will give Green Bay a harder time and they shouldn’t be underestimated.
For team that has had a huge offensive problem so far this season, their defense has played well. If you take out Tampa Bay and Miami, they have allowed the fifth fewest yards in the NFL this season at 534 total yards. They are an impressive first in the NFL in passing defense at 209 total yards so this defense should be taken seriously by Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers. Even with Vontaze Burfict being absent they still have solid personnel with names like Carlos Dunlap, Pat Sims, Geno Atkins, Vincent Rey, Dre Kirkpatrick and Adam Jones. I dare say this will be the toughest defense the Packers have played so far, this season and they played Seattle already. Statistically, they have it and they are a very tough team to get down the field on.
Their offense has what’s really been struggling this year. They haven’t even scored a touchdown yet this season which matches the 1939 Philadelphia Eagles for teams going the longest without a touchdown to open the season. Despite Andy Dalton’s slow start and their lack of weapons for him they can still get the Packers defense. They have AJ Green, who is still one of the best receivers in the league and the Packers struggled a lot with Julio Jones last week and they’re both on the same level. Dalton is a 3-time pro-bowler who can play much better than what he has this season. The Packers defense will be the worst defense he is playing this season as he played Baltimore and Houston the last two weeks. As far as offense, the Bengals also have three impressive runningbacks who all play differently and can be deadly if they get going in Jeremy Hill, Giovanni Bernard and rookie Joe Mixon. If just one of them have a big game, it can go a long way for the Bengals getting an upset.
Lastly, the Packers have a lot of big name players who are doubtful for Sunday. The absence of David Bakhtiari and Randall Cobb will be huge negatively for the Packers passing offense and a positive for the Bengal’s tough passing defense. On the other side of the ball the absence of Kentrell Brice, Mike Daniels, Davon House, Nick Perry and Jake Ryan won’t be easy to overcome and it could be what Andy Dalton needs to have his big breakout game this season. If the Bengals can force a turnover the Packers chances of winning dips significantly.