The Carolina Panthers have the unenviable job of being the primary staff that has to try to cease Aaron Rodgers for the primary time in two months. The quarterback makes his return Sunday afternoon when the Inexperienced Bay Packers go to Carolina, hoping to maintain his staff’s playoff hopes alive.
As soon as among the many Tremendous Bowl favorites, Inexperienced Bay struggled when Rodgers broke his collarbone in opposition to the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 15. The Packers fell out of the NFC North race with Brett Hundley beneath heart, although two straight wins have the staff within the wild-card hunt.
Carolina has an opportunity to achieve the postseason as a division or wild-card winner. The Panthers are tied atop the NFC South with the New Orleans Saints, although Drew Brees and Co. personal the tiebreaker. Carolina enters Week 15 because the NFC’s No.5 seed, and their 9-Four file places them two video games forward of Inexperienced Bay within the standings.
Not solely do the Packers must win their subsequent three video games in an effort to have an opportunity of reaching the playoffs, however they’ll must get some assist from the groups which can be enjoying wild-card contenders. Rodgers is effectively conscious that the percentages aren’t precisely in Inexperienced Bay’s favor.
“Hopefully it offers a elevate to a number of the guys, however I am not coming again to save lots of this staff,” Rodgers stated earlier this week, through espn.com. “I am coming again to play quarterback the best way I understand how to play it. Hopefully, all of us increase the extent of our play collectively and discover a approach to win these three video games.”
Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Inexperienced Bay Packers walks off the sphere after defeating the Chicago Bears 23-16 at Soldier Subject on Nov. 12, 2017 in Chicago. Picture: Stacy Revere/Getty Photographs
The Packers positively have to boost their stage of play in the event that they wish to win in Carolina. The Panthers’ solely loss within the final six weeks got here on the street in opposition to the Saints. Carolina is coming off a victory in opposition to Minnesota, who was the NFC’s No.1 seed firstly of Week 14.
The Panthers have a top-three protection within the convention. Solely two NFL groups have allowed fewer speeding yards than Carolina. Rodgers received’t have a lot room for error in his return.
Nearly everybody has been capable of have not less than some success in opposition to Inexperienced Bay’s protection. The staff has surrendered not less than 23 factors in all however two video games since Week 2, solely retaining the Chicago Bears and their 31st ranked offense in test.
Search for Cam Newton to have considered one of his greatest video games of 2017.
The bettings odds at OddsShark favor the Panthers by three factors. The sport’s over/beneath is 47.
Prediction: Carolina over Inexperienced Bay, 30-23