Breaking Down Week 9 vs. the Panthers

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Packers vs PanthersThis Sunday will not feature a second consecutive matchup between two undefeated teams, as NFL nation had hoped. The Week 9 matchup, however, will offer the Packers an opportunity to redeem themselves of their poorest performance with a healthy Aaron Rodgers since the 2010 Super Bowl season. The NFC North leaders can also reclaim the NFC’s top seed from Ron Rivera’s Panthers, who few believed would remain unbeaten this far into the season.

Despite inconsistencies on defense, it’s the Packers offense that has fans and media scratching their heads. The inability for Green Bay’s receivers to get separation from defenders has gone from a minor problem to a much more profound issue on offense, manifesting itself in the form of 77 yards passing last week against the Broncos.

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Even without top target Jordy Nelson, the Packers have stubbornly relied on talent over scheme to get receivers open downfield – with increasingly less success as the season has progressed. Facing a more-than-competent Carolina secondary on Sunday, one can be sure that offensive coordinator Tom Clements has spent time this week installing some creative offensive packages to try and avoid the type of disaster experienced in Denver.

Dom Capers’ defense will be tested for a third straight week as the unit faces a very physical and athletic quarterback in Cam Newton. With the availability of Sam Shields in question, the Green Bay secondary could experience a second round of matchup problems, having to place on the perimeter one cornerback that is better-suited inside.

The fact that the Packers are favored on the road after looking little more than a college squad last week speaks to the team’s tendency to rebound from bad losses under Mike McCarthy. A victory, however, will require some fundamental improvements on offense that can also help keep the defense off of the field. Expect a close one at Bank of America Stadium as the Packers kick off the second half of their season.


Prediction: Packers 30 Panthers 27


Mike Davidsen

Mike Davidsen grew up in the north suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Finance. Mike joined GPN in May 2010.

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