Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Packers Versus Lions | Morgan Burnett Returns To Practice Field

Packers Versus Lions
The Green Bay Packers return from their bye week this Sunday to host the Detroit Lions, who are in first place in the NFC North. Yep, that’s right, the first place Lions. So what are the Packers chances in this game?

Who will be ready to play and who will still be out due to injury? In case you didn’t notice, the Packers suffered a few injuries the first few weeks of the season, most notably in week three against the Bengals. By the end of the Cincinnati game, the Packers were without Morgan Burnett, Casey Heyward, Clay Matthews, Jermichael Finley, Eddie Lacy, and James Starks. That is a good portion of the roster out with injuries. There is some good news though, looks like Matthews will play and both Lacy and Burnett returned to practice this week. No word on the rest of them though.

Can Aaron Rodgers rebound from his poor week three performance? Here we have a very unlikely situation; Aaron Rodgers is looking for a rebound performance. Indeed Rodgers perhaps played the worst game of his NFL career in week three against Cincinnati, missing receivers and throwing two interceptions is a game for the first time in three years. I fully expect him to.

Morgan Burnett Returns To Field 

How much will the presence of Morgan Burnett affect the secondary? The Packers played the first three weeks of the season without their leader in the secondary, safety Morgan Burnett. It appears as if Burnett will be ready to go this week, and that bodes well for a Packers secondary that has been lit up through three weeks of the season like the Time Square on New Years Eve. I have almost fully contributed the Packers secondary issues to the absences of Burnett and Casey Heyward. Burnett returns, so I one half of what I believe to be the problem with the Packers secondary can now be judged.

Will the offensive line hold up? One of the bright spots through three weeks has been the offensive line. A question mark in the preseason, the offensive line has played very, very well. They face another tough defensive line this weekend with Detroit. . We expect the Packers to win this game, 38-27. 

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