The Green Bay Packers are coming out of their bye week with many questions. It will be a great test to see if they can pass or if they continue to struggle.
The good news is the Denver Broncos are the perfect get-right opponent. They’ve been one of the worst teams in the NFL this season and are in disarray. This should allow the Packers to have success and build some momentum heading into a divisional matchup against the Minnesota Vikings next week.
So, without further ado, let’s dive right into five Packers in the spotlight entering their Week 7 matchup against the Broncos.
Keep your eye on these five players on the Green Bay Packers who find themselves in the spotlight against the Denver Broncos.
Packers in the Spotlight: Matt LaFleur
Despite the Packers’ growing injury list, Matt LaFleur has no excuse for his team to drop a third straight game. The Broncos have been awful this season, and it would be a horrible look for Green Bay to lose this one. LaFleur needs to make the game easier for his quarterback and dial up some short completions that get the ball in his playmaker’s hands quickly. We’ll see how he responds after a week off.
Packers in the Spotlight: Lukas Van Ness
Rookie first-round pick Lukas Van Ness has been off to a quiet start, failing to register a sack or even a quarterback pressure since Week 1. He’s had a handful of games and should be ready to increase his contributions. We’re not asking him to be a world-beater, but a few more splash plays would be nice and helpful.
Packers in the Spotlight: Elgton Jenkins
Elgton Jenkins has been a JAG (Just A Guy) this season–he’s been solid, but not spectacular. Without David Bakhtiari for the rest of the year (and maybe ever), the Packers need Jenkins to step up his game. He’s shown he can be one of the best left guards in the NFL and Green Bay needs that version. They have too many other issues to worry about on the offensive line for Jenkins not to play up to his full potential.
Packers in the Spotlight: Keisean Nixon
This is a two-parter for Keisean Nixon. First, he needs to be smarter on returns. He’s hurting his team by taking the ball out of the endzone and failing to return it to the 25-yard line. He needs to be more selective about when he takes the ball out. Secondly, he needs to improve his game on defense. Eric Stokes is working his way back to health and is drooling to get on the field. Stokes isn’t a natural slot corner, but he’ll do whatever he has to to earn playing time.
Packers in the Spotlight: Jordan Love
Jordan Love has been regressing since the beginning of the season, throwing a handful of interceptions in the last two games. His completion percentage is also woeful. He doesn’t have to be an MVP candidate, but seeing more development from him would be nice.