Thursday, November 26, 2015

Packers Versus Bears Thanksgiving Game Preview | Ticket King Green Bay

Ticket King Green Bay officeOn Sunday, the Packers staved off their self-destruction, at least for one week, defeating the Minnesota Vikings 30-13 in Minnesota. The win could prove to be a huge boost for the Packers, who entered the game losers of three straight, and three ugly losses at that. Or it could turn out to be nothing more than a temporary break from a possible second half meltdown of historic proportions. The Bears meanwhile, lost at home to the Denver Broncos 17-15, a game in which Brock Osweiler, the Broncos second round draft choice in 2012, who our in house analyst T.J. Bryce believed at the time, and still does, will turn out to be the second best quarterback drafted in 2012, made his first career start. Osweiler seemed to flow smoothly in Gary Kubiak's offense, performing better than Peyton Manning had all season. The Bears will try to rebound from the loss tonight on Green Bay.

Can Eddie Lacy have another strong game and build momentum? Entering Sunday's game in Minnesota, Lacy was having a nightmare 2015 season, rushing for just 308 yards and two touchdowns through the first eight games of the season. Lacy had his best game of 2015, carrying the ball 22 times for 100 yards, and had a strong finish to the game, helping the Packers pick up tough first downs to melt the clock late. If the Packers are going to win tonight, they need another strong game from Lacy.

When will Aaron Rodgers get back on track? You may have heard it mentioned, you may have even noticed it yourself- the Packers offense, which usually performs with lethal-precision over the years, has been way off the last number of weeks, leaving Rodgers frustrated. That frustration continued into last Sunday, when Rodgers had trouble finding open receivers all game. The Packers had to settle for five field goals at times in which they could have easily had six and that just won't cut it come January.

Can a receiver besides James Jones start making plays? So far in 2015, the Packers best receiver has been James Jones, who they signed off the street in September to take Jordy Nelson's place on the depth chart. Randall Cobb is dropping passes left and right. Devonte Adams has been invisible to this point in 2015. Somebody, Cobb, Adams, Jeff Janis, Richard Rodgers, anybody, needs to step up and start making some plays.

Can the pass rush keep this up? What helped the Packers more than anything else Sunday in Minnesota was the pass rush on defense. Datone Jones played his best game as a pro. Both Jones and rising star Mike Daniels had Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater running for his life all game. Another strong game from these two would go a long way.

Can Clay Matthews keep taking his play to levels we've never seen before? Packers All-Pro linebacker Clay Matthews has mastered two different positions, and that's a HARD thing to do, which is why Mr. Bryce has him at the top of his defensive player of the year ballot at the moment With the emergence of a pass rush without him, Matthews has been able to focus on tackling running backs in recent weeks. On Sunday, Matthews refused to let Adrian Peterson, the league's leading rusher, go anywhere, as the Packers defense held Peterson to just 45 yards on 13 carries. Matthews will need to have the same impact against Matt Forte.

We expect the Packers to win this game, but not by much, and that is how the Packers are going to have to win games until the offense finds a pulse again. Final Score: 20-13 Packers. 

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