In what’s arguably the most anticipated contest on the Week 8 NFL slate, the Green Bay Packers’ high-flying offense takes on the Denver Broncos’ rock solid defense in a battle of undefeated teams at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. It’s never easy to stop the 2014 MVP Aaron Rodgers, but the Broncos appear to be up for the test. Denver has been allowing an average of 281.3 total yards per game this season (tops in the NFL) while ranking second in points allowed (17).
- The Packers are 6-0 SU and ATS in their last six games after the bye.
- The Packers are 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS in their last six games as road favorites in November.
- Denver’s Emmanuel Sanders and DeMarcus Ware have returned to practice after suffering injuries.
The Packers (5-1 ATS) and Broncos (4-2 ATS) haven’t played each other since October of 2011, meaning Sunday’s matchup will be extra interesting to see how Rodgers, one of the top quarterbacks in the game, fares against Peyton Manning – a quarterback who will go down as one of the greatest ever.
If there’s one aspect that’s going to dictate the outcome of this game, it’s on the ground. Denver has been struggling immensely to get anything going in the running game, ranking 30th in the NFL in rushing yards per game (85). That hasn’t been a problem for Green Bay, as star running back Eddie Lacy and serviceable backup James Starks are averaging 127.3 rushing yards per game – the eighth best mark in the league.