A lot will be learned about the 2-2 Green Bay Packers in Las Vegas tonight.
Coming off an extended mini-bye after being dominated by the Detroit Lions at home on September 28, how will the NFL’s youngest team respond in the Monday Night spotlight?
Another slow start like the Saints and Lions games, with significant holes to climb out of in the second half? Or perhaps with a renewed sense of urgency with the opportunity to take a winning record into their full bye week?
With a large contingent of Packers fans making the trip to Las Vegas, Green Bay will have an edge in the stands at Allegiant Stadium. It boils down to the key playmakers for both the Packers and the Raiders.
Green Bay will most likely be without running back Aaron Jones (hamstring), as Patrick Taylor was elevated to the active roster his afternoon. But quarterback Jordan Love will have a full complement of receivers in Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, Jayden Reed, Samori Toure, and Luke Musgrave in his arsenal, and Elgton Jenkins (knee) may be back to bolster the offensive line.
Jaire Alexander (back) is questionable to return, and his presence would be a huge asset for the Packers defensive scheme to cover former Packer Davante Adams tonight—Jimmy Garappolo’s favorite target. Running back Josh Jacobs, one of the NFL’s best, will be a major focal point of a Green Bay defense that has struggled to stop the run—allowing 4.47 yards per carry. AJ Dillon has struggled this season but has the opportunity to be a major contributor against the Raiders defense.
Tonight’s game will feature some offensive fireworks, but the team that wins is the one that stops the run and runs the ball most effectively.
Packers 30, Raiders 27