The Packers slipped by the Cardinals for their seventh win in a row last weekend. To run their streak to eight, they’ll need to outscore Patrick Mahomes.
Stopping Kyler Murray was enough to earn the Packers a big win last week and things won’t get any easier for Green Bay in Week 9. This Sunday afternoon, Aaron Rodgers and company head to Kansas City to take on a desperate Chiefs team.
It’s safe to bet that plenty of points will be put on the scoreboard. Patrick Mahomes’ team isn’t enjoying the sort of success it envisioned when the season began, but the Chiefs’ offense is still capable of explosive plays every time it touches the football. The same can be said about Rodgers and his Packers’ attack.
It’s still a game Green Bay should win given their white-hot form. Here are five bold predictions on how Matt LaFleur’s team will get it done against Kansas City.
5. Amari Rodgers will produce 50+ yards from scrimmage
The Packers’ coaching staff continues to be tantalized by Rodgers’ playmaking ability but they haven’t found a way to unlock his full potential yet. The former Auburn star logged one catch and one carry last week and he’s in line for a heavier workload against the Chiefs.
Rodgers still won’t get more than five touches but he will break one big play against Kansas City’s mediocre defense. That will get him at least 50 yards of production from scrimmage on Sunday afternoon.
3. Darnell Savage will lead the team in tackles
Green Bay’s secondary is going to be under immense pressure from Mahomes and his receiving corps early and often in this game. The play of the Packers’ safeties will be particularly important to keep the Chiefs from scoring via big plays.
Savage will see at least as much action as any of his teammates. He isn’t the best pass coverage guy in the NFL, but he’s a serious hitter who can intimidate receivers with his willingness to put his body on the line.
Green Bay’s defensive coaching staff will place a big premium on keeping the ball in front of them on Sunday. Savage will be the team’s last line of defense on a relatively high percentage of snaps. Fortunately for the Packers, he’s a sure tackler.
Savage will end the game with 10+ tackles which is far too many for Green Bay’s liking. They don’t want a safety to lead them in stops, but the Chiefs’ offense puts that sort of pressure onto their opponents. Savage will do just enough to earn his team a narrow victory in this shootout.