In a game of matchups, the Green Bay Packers need to win these three critical ones if they want to beat the Colts on Sunday.
Last week, the Green Bay Packers pulled off an ugly win against the talent-deficient Jacksonville Jaguars. Despite the run defense looking ugly once again, the defense as a whole was good, allowing only 260 yards of total offense.
This was helped by the fact that they won the critical matchup on defense. Coming into the game, the cornerback position was under a lot of uncertainty, and I wrote that whoever matched up with D.J. Chark would be the big matchup on defense. With Jaire Alexander and Kevin King out, Josh Jackson, Chadon Sullivan, and Ka’dar Hollman performed admirably, giving up only four receptions for 56 yards.
Offensively, the two big matchups to win were Davante Adams versus rookie cornerback C.J. Henderson and David Bakhtiari against edge rusher Josh Allen. Adams had a steady game, catching eight passes for 66 yards and a touchdown, but he only had 5.5 yards per target and was kept from making catches on multiple third downs that got the Jaguars defense off the field. We’ll call that a push.
The Bakhtiari’s matchup was one that he won fully. Allen had a couple of nice rushes on the other side of the line against Billy Turner, but had only two total tackles and one QB hit the entire game. While the offense wasn’t as dominant as we all might have hoped, they had enough matchup wins to pull out the victory.