After narrowly escaping the Detroit Lions with a win in Week 17 the Packers earned themselves a bye for the first week of the playoffs. It was an ugly victory but the Packers did what they needed to do and in the end Mason Crosby came through with a time expiring field goal.
Green Bay finishes out their season going into Detroit to take on the Lions. The Lions have been struggling with David Blough at QB. They have been bit by the injury bug this season. First losing Kerryon Johnson (he’s back now), then Matthew Stafford, TJ Hockenson, and Marvin Jones. It’s tough to win when you lose all those important pieces throughout the season.
The Green Bay Packers clinched a playoff spot last week after their win against Chicago. Now they travel to Minneapolis to take on the Minnesota Vikings in a crucial divisional matchup. This is the biggest game of season for each team. If the Packers win they lock up the NFC North Division. The Vikings are undefeated at home this season (6-0). They feed off the energy from the home crowd and Kirk Cousins has been playing at the highest level in his career.
A disastrous Week One can often ruin a players morale, especially if they are incredibly hyped up. I was personally never big on Aaron Jones. His high ADP and status as a RB2 is really puzzling. He suffers from the hype brought on by high ceiling with good, but minimal flashes of that potential. These tend to be players who are becoming starters after one or two years of being a role player. Aaron Jones is the Packers full-time starter this season which means more carries, and more pressure. So, should Aaron Jones owners be panicking after a disappointing performance? Or is this a one off game where neither offenses could get moving. Let’s discuss!