by Inside the Redzone staff – JF
The Packers started this season where they left off last year. Rodgers looks like he is in mid-season form. He is in full control of the Packers pass happy offense by spreading the ball around to 9 different receivers in week 1. The Packers need to try and stay more balanced throughout the game. They should put up huge offensive numbers against the Panthers. Panthers top defender (Jon Beason) is out for the season which hurts, when one of the NFL’s most dangerous offenses come to town.
Packers Projected Passing, Receiving, and Rushing Touchdowns
Aaron Rodgers looks to expand on his MVP campaign by putting up some big time stats against a poor Carolina defense. The Packers will score fast and often against the Panthers. With Beason out and the rest of the Carolina Defense over matched, the Packers offense will have a huge fantasy day. Look for Rodgers to throw for 300+ yards and 4-touchdowns (2 Jennings, 1 Driver, 1 Nelson), James Starks will also get in on the act and grab the Packers lone rushing touchdown. Look for Starks and Grant to get more involved in mop up duty after the Packers go up big.
Panthers Projected Passing, Receiving, and Rushing Touchdowns
Cam Newton blew away the stats for 1st game by a rookie quarterback, by going over 400-yards passing and 3-total TD’s. Keep in mind he did play a poor Arizona Defense. Don’t look for another performance like that for the rest of the year. Newton will come back to reality this week against a very tough Packers defense. The Panthers need to try and get the run going early and often so they don’t have to rely on Newton. Newton will end up with 230 yards, 1 passing touchdown to Steve Smith. Don’t expect a lot out of the running game either since the Panthers will get behind early and abandon the running game. Both Williams and Stewart will be held to under 50-yards each.