The Packers are 3-1 after three straight signature wins. They continue to prove that week one was just simply a bad day for the team. They are in a good spot right now and need to keep up the momentum. Green Bay travels to Cincinnati, Ohio to battle the 3-1 Cincinnati Bengals. This will be another test for the Packers as these are not the same Bengals that are used to losing. The Packers have not won in Cincinnati during in the Aaron Rodgers era. The Bengals are going to give the Packers a good challenge this Sunday. Here is how the Packers beat the Bengals.
Kingsley Keke Needs to Continue Providing Interior Pass Rush For the Packers
Kingsley Keke showed against the Pittsburgh Steelers he can be the guy that can give Kenny Clark the help he needs on the defensive line. He was a force as he had one strip sack and was constantly in the back field putting pressure on the quarterback. Looks like he was shaking off the rust the first couple of games after missing a lot of the offseason work. With the secondary banged up and without Jaire Alexander the pass rush needs to be better, especially in the interior. This Sunday, Keke needs to get pressure on Joe Burrow or it will be a long day for the Packers’ defense.
Kevin King Has to Step Up in the Packers Secondary
With Jaire Alexander being out for a certain amount of time, numerous players will have to step up at corner. One of those players has to be Kevin King. Yes, King is a good teammate and person for the Packers, but has not been great as a player. In fact, the Packers secondary looked much better when King was out of the lineup. Eric Stokes even looks better than King right now, which is not a good look for him. With Jaire sidelined for some time, it’s time for Kevin King to step as he has a tough challenge against a talented group of Cincinnati wide receivers. Teams will target him as he is right now the weak link on Green Bay’s defense. If King can not upgrade his play, it will spell doom for the Packers defense.
The Packers’ Offense Has to Win Time Of Possession
One thing that was really key in the Packers victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers was time of possession. The Packers held the ball for over 30 minutes on offense. That might be the best solution going forward for the Packers with a banged up defense missing key players. The best way for the Packers defense to stay off the field is if the offense can possess the ball like they did against the Steelers. The Cincinnati Bengals’ offense is really loaded with talent at the skill positions. Not to mention Joe Burrow is starting to heat up as well the last couple of weeks. The Packers’ secondary is definitely a question mark at corner, which can spell trouble for the Green Bay’s defense against the Bengals’ offense. It would be best if the Packers’ offense could win time of possession once again this Sunday to help the defense.
The Young Packers’ Offensive Line Has Another Tough Challenge Ahead
The young Packers offensive line that has played really well the last two weeks will have another tough challenge ahead of them this Sunday. Cincinnati’s defense is one of the best in the NFL, something not many people expected going into this season. They are ranked seventh in total defense this year and their pass rush has been pretty impressive as well. Elgton Jenkins does not look like he will play again this week; the Packers want to make sure he is 100% before they feel he is ready to return. The Packers’ young interior of the offensive line will have to hold up once again against a good Bengals defensive front. Yosh Nijman has to deal with the duo of Sam Hubbard and Trey Hendrickson, two very good edge rushers. Once again the young Packers’ offensive line has to answer the call once this Sunday against a very good Bengals pass rushing group.