As the Green Bay Packers prepare for a must-win game against the Minnesota Vikings, two 7-8 teams will play with their playoff dreams on the line. While a lot of internal noise is clouding this game, one former NFL executive is optimistic that the Green Bay Packers will be able to pull off the win in dominating fashion.
Green Bay Packers Expected Landslide
Speaking with NFL Analysis Network, a former NFL executive shared his predictive analysis of the upcoming game.
I think Green Bay comes out and jumps on the Vikings early. They’re still very much alive in the playoff race. Personally I think the Packers dominate this game and move one step closer to the postseason.
With all of the passion and concerns that the Green Bay Packers have been facing lately, this executive believes that the team can channel all of the inner angst into a quick start, against a limited Vikings offense.
With how the Green Bay Packers have been playing defense, and the limitations at the cornerback room this could be the most likely path to victory.
Green Bay Packers Strategy For This Game
It is no secret how Joe Barry wants this Green Bay Packers team to play defense. He looks to avoid the large plays over the top, electing to play it safe. With the recent news of Eric Stokes being out, as well as the known suspension of Jaire Alexander, a usual conservative approach may be seen as the only viable option.
Whether the Green Bay Packers can defer or receive the opening kickoff, Jordan Love needs to strike first. A needed margin will be required to establish a cushion and force the new quarterback Jaren Hall to chase the game. While we have been seeing backup quarterbacks establishing themselves more this year, if Hall is forced to hold on to the ball, the pass rush should have plenty of opportunities to get home to the quarterback.
Green Bay Packers If The Game Stay Close
Unfortunately, the longer that this game remains close, and the Vikings stay within striking distance, the greater chance this Joe Barry called defense will have to essentially give the game away. this is why what the NFL executive said is the best option to remain in the playoff hunt.
Even in a game that Jordan Love played well in, the defense still allowed the Carolina Panthers to nearly escape with a win. The earlier, and larger the lead the better. This team is not coached to consistently win shootouts. Last week despite the improved offense, the Green Bay Packers were really fortunate to win. With weapons such as Jordan Addison and Justin Jefferson, anything is possible.
Although as of now, Addison is questionable, considering the wide receiver concerns for the Green Bay Packers, even a limited Addison would be one of the more explosive offensive options on the field.
Unfortunately with this Joe Barry defense, anything is possible. Is it possible that they change their scheme? Sure. But until we see that happen, the only viable option to beat the Vikings is to get a lead to large, that even Joe Barry can’t mess it up.