Colts D poses big challenges for Rodgers, Packers

FOX Football Insider

The last time the Green Bay Packers faced an elite defense, it wasn’t pretty after the first quarter.

Five weeks ago, the Packers roared out of their bye week with a 10-0 lead after the game’s first 15 minutes in Tampa.

The Buccaneers then proceeded to shut down the Green Bay offense and quarterback Aaron Rodgers in a 38-10 drubbing of NFC playoff contenders on Oct. 18th.  After victories over short-handed San Francisco and 1-8 Jacksonville, the 7-2 Packers will be tested by the NFL’s best defense when they take on the 6-3 Colts in Indianapolis on Sunday afternoon.

The marquee match-up, flexed to the 3:25 p.m. time slot, will be televised exclusively in Western Wisconsin by FOX 25/48.  The Saints-Falcons game will air at 12 noon, with the FOX OT post-game show following the Green Bay-Indy contest.

The game features the irresistible force (Packers offense which averages 30 points per game with just five turnovers) versus the immovable object (Colts No. 1 overall defense, No. 2 against pass, No. 3 against run.)  The Rodgers-Philip Rivers match-up is another storyline, and Aaron Jones-former Badger Jonathan Taylor is an interesting running back comparison for Wisconsin football fans.

According to Friday afternoon’s injury report, Green Bay will be without running back Tyler Ervin (wrist/ribs) for the contest and defensive lineman Montravius Adams (toe) is listed as doubtful.  List as questionable are cornerback Ka’dar Hollman (quad), safety Will Redmond (shoulder), and receivers Allen Lazard (core), Equanimeous St. Brown (knee), and Darrius Shepherd (shoulder).

Cornerback Kevin King (quad) is on track to return to the starting line-up, a welcome addition to the defensive unit and Lazard may see action after a six-game absence and bolster the receiving corps.

“You can tell everybody’s on the same page and they fly around,” head coach Matt LaFleur said.  “It’s one of the faster units we’ll have played this year.  They’re physical, they know how to attack the ball.  And it’s hard to get big plays on them.”

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Colts are a bona-fide playoff team—the 49ers or Jaguars are not.  Green Bay must upgrade play in all three phases to compete with physical Indy and the NFL’s top-ranked defense.

Packers 27, Colts 24

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