Oct 18, 2015; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass during the first quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
The Denver Broncos take on the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night in Denver. It is going to be a huge game for so many reasons, so there is no reason for me to even go into it.
I have sat down with Josh McPeak, one of the staff writers over at Lombardi Ave. and got his take on some things Packers and his takes on the game.
Predominantly Orange: What brought you to Fansided and how did you become a fan of the Green Bay Packers?
Lombardi Ave: I had my own small blog writing about the Pack. One day I saw that Fansided was looking for writers. Once I applied Ray Rivard contacted me about writing for Lombardi Ave. The rest is great history.
My love for the Packers happened before I can actually remember. Growing up with a father who was a diehard Browns fan, while making an annual trip to Cleveland, somehow ultimately lead me on the green and gold path.
Predominantly Orange: Eddie Lacy has been struggling this season with only 260 yards rushing. Do you think that Lacy’s lack of production could hinder the Packers from going far or do you believe he can produce as the season goes on?
I’m worried about Lacy. My main concern is that it’s not his ankle slowing him down. His physical shape and game fatigue appears that it could be far from NFL standards this year. To top that off Starks is dealing with a hip injury, although he was able to practice today. The team may have to lean more on Starks down the stretch than his counterpart in Lacy.
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Predominantly Orange: The Broncos defense could be the toughest test Aaron Rodgers has had so far this season. What do you think he has to do to limit the negative plays against this tough defense?
Lombardi Ave: His legs and quick release will have to be at its best so far this season. He will likely be under fire for most of the game on Sunday night. If Rodgers is not able to escape the pocket and pick up chunks on the ground while allowing receivers to get open, the road woes could continue for the Packers.
Predominantly Orange: When it comes to Sunday Night, what player do you believe will be the X-factor in deciding how the game will play out for the Packers?
Lombardi Ave: If Randall Cobb is healthy on Sunday night, he could make all of the difference. Cobb will be a quick check down option for Rodgers who will be facing a relentless pass rush. He can also provide several different looks while lining up in the backfield.
Cobb has been hampered with injuries so far this season. If he is anywhere near 100% on Sunday night, it could be the difference maker in the game.
Predominantly Orange: The Broncos have not lost a game after a bye since the 2009 season. The Packers have lost to the Broncos since 1999. Who do you think wins on Sunday?
Lombardi Ave: Mike McCarthy is 8-1 following a bye week. This is a perfect opportunity for the Packers to rid themselves of the road woes. From an injury standpoint, the Packers definitely needed a bye week. Rodgers could enjoy having most of his receivers back on the field this week.
The Packers’ defense may present a very tough task for a somewhat, should I say, a struggling Peyton Manning? If Matthews and Peppers can force the hand of the great, this secondary is very capable of changing a game. One team makes a statement this week. I like the Packers to make that statement.
Packers 27 Broncos 13
I want to thank Josh McPeak for taking some time out of his schedule to interview with us. Wishing him luck on Sunday night.