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Green Bay Looks To Keep Playoff Hopes Alive In Week 13

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Packers Welcome Bucs To Lambeau

The Packers will keep playoff hopes alive heading into a Week 13 matchup with the Buccaneers. A revitalized offense last week looks to continue success against the Bucs. After a week that saw Brett Hundley and rookie Jamaal Williams account for four touchdowns, expectations are high. The two young players look to lead their red zone offense; ranked second in the league; to their second victory since losing Aaron Rodgers.

Mike Daniels and the 11th ranked rush defense of the Packers will look to contain Doug Martin. However, a more significant issue will be dealing with the return of Jameis Winston. As a result of a shoulder injury, Winston has not played since Week 9. According to, the Packers pass defense ranks 8th worst in the league and has given up 17 touchdowns. With Kevin King sidelined, Green Bay will have their work cut out for them on defense.

Hundley, Packers Look To Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

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Following a 17-26, 245 yard, three touchdown outing, Brett Hundley looks to lead the Packers to a victory. Though personally impressive stats, Hundley did not notch the stat in the box score that matters most. A win. Unfortunately, in Hundley’s five starts this season, the Packers have won just one game. He ranks 31st among qualified quarterback on Pro Football Focus‘ scale. However, more play similar to last week can change that.

Hundley had a quarterback rating over 100 for just the second time this season in the Week 12 loss to the Steelers. The other game was his lone victory as a starter. His three touchdowns in that game were more than his season total through 6 games as well. Green Bay’s success, like much of the league, is dependent on quarterback play. As Hundley looks to build on last week’s success, he is fortunate to be facing off against the leagues worst pass defense.

Running Through Running Backs

With the absence of Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery, Jamaal Williams stepped up last week. Williams showed another side to his game when he took a screen 54 yards for a touchdown. Additionally, Williams accounted for 135 total yards on the ground. While he averaged just 3.1 yards-per-carry last week, he added a touchdown on the ground as well.

Reinforcements may be on the way in the form of Aaron Jones. Though only practicing on a limited basis, Jones is questionable heading into Sunday’s matchup. With a pair of 100-yard games under his belt, the Packers faithful hope to get their fourth and fifth round picks running against the Bucs.

Adams, Cobb, And Chemistry

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As Brett Hundley has developed, so has the chemistry he shares with Randall Cobb and Davante Adams. Similarly, the receiver duo has made the most of the opportunities given to them in Aaron Rodgers’ absence.

Cobb has found success in small doses, catching over 78-percent of passes thrown his way in the past four weeks. He has turned his 15 catches to 202 yards over that span. Adams has turned into the number one receiver for the Packers. He has posted 351 yards on 25 receptions in the past four weeks. According to Pro Football Reference, he boasts an average of 14.04 yards per reception in that span. Overall, expect Hundley to look both of their ways against the Bucs as the Pack look to keep playoff hopes alive.

Pack Set To Bounce Back

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There is no way around it. Last week, the Packers defense was rocky, at best. Regrettably, the team allowed a total of 462 yards of offense by the Steelers. Good news is, the team does not play the Steelers back to back. Plus, the yards given up hardly give the whole story. Green Bay’s defense forced three turnovers on the day. No doubt, two interceptions and a fumble helped keep them in the game. Considering the Bucs have 14 giveaways on the season, Green Bay will have an opportunity to capitalize on their mistakes. Aside from an injury to Kevin King, the Packers defense looks ready to bounce back from the painful loss. Green Bay seeks to make the most of their opportunity to keep playoff hopes alive.

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