Friday, December 18, 2015

Packers Versus Raiders Final Score | Ticket King Green Bay

Packers versus Raiders Final Score
Heading into their week 16 match up with the Raiders, the Packers are coming off their best performance over the course of an entire game since their week three win on Monday Night Football against the Chiefs. For a list of various reasons, we believe the Packers played better on Sunday against the Cowboys than they did in Minnesota a few weeks ago, but not by much. The 28-7 win gives the Packers a little bit of confidence as they head out to Oakland.

Packers Run Game Key To Victory at Oakland

Can Eddie Lacy and James Starks do that again? Last week, the Packers ran for 233 yards, their most in a game since 2004. The Packers started out running the ball well to begin the game. For some reason though, they went away from it after their first three possessions. They went back to the running game in the fourth quarter, and basically ran out the clock as both Lacy and Starks each ran for a late touchdown. The Packers success for the rest of this season leans heavily on the play of these two. Remember the Packers of the 1990's? Remember Brett Favre throwing all those touchdown passes and winning those MVP awards? As the pieces started to disappear at the turn of the decade, the Packers went to the ground game, and set modern-era records for rushing that will never be broken. Well, it appears as if history is trying to repeat itself. Aaron Rodgers won MVP's and now, as the pieces begin to disappear, the Packers turn to the running game.

Can the passing game do something down the field? Yes, the Packers need to rely heavily on Starks and Lacy now to carry them to the finish line. However, the passing game needs to do something, anything to contribute here. Aaron Rodgers is going to finish the year with his worst season since before the Packers won the Super Bowl in 2011. He finished fifth in Pro Bowl voting this year among quarterbacks, and 5th overall. Basically, he is highly unlikely to participate in the Pro Bowl this season, which is fair; he doesn't deserve to be recognized in that regard for this season. However, he and these receivers/tight ends need to figure out something, Starks and Lacy can't do it all.

Can the rushing defense rebound? The one thing the Packers did wrong last week is defend the run. The Packers gave up 171 yards rushing to the Cowboys last week, 111 of which were too Darren McFadden, on just nine carries mind you. Fortunately, Oakland is one of the worst in the league at running the ball, as they are just 26th in the league in rushing at 91 yards per game.

Final Score: We expect the Packers to run the ball again and do enough in the passing game to beat the Raiders on the road 27-20.  

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