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#461 Denver Broncos 43.5 vs.
#462 Packers -7
Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 1:00pm EDT
Lambeau Field, Green Bay
Written by Scott Reichel

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Week Three of NFL football continues on Sunday afternoon as the Denver Broncos travel to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers. This will be the 15th meeting between them and the first time these teams have played since 2015 when the Broncos won by a score of 29-10.

Broncos Look To Get Their First Win Of The Season

The Denver Broncos entered the 2019 season with hopes of a much better outcome after going 6-10 last year. Due to that poor record, Denver decided to fire its head coach and Vic Fangio was named the team’s new head coach during this past offseason. However, not much has changed as the Broncos are winless headed into week three and are in last place in the AFC West. To make matters worse, the Broncos probably should have won last week after taking a one-point lead with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter before blowing it and allowing the Bears to march down the field and kick the game-winning field goal as time expired. Now, the Broncos will look to finally get their first victory of the season on Sunday.

The starting quarterback for the Broncos is veteran Joe Flacco who has looked okay so far this season. Specifically, he has thrown for 560 passing yards and two touchdowns along with one interception. However, his lack of mobility has been a serious problem as he has been sacked five times through the first two games which is unacceptable moving forward. If Flacco plans on leading the Broncos to a victory, he will need to do a better job at taking fewer hits.

Denver’s biggest threat on offense is wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders who has been a steady contributor for the franchise for many years. Specifically, Sanders leads the team with 184 receiving yards as well as two receiving touchdowns. Sanders was also the recipient of the go-ahead touchdown pass last week as well as the successful two-point conversion so it is safe to say that he has become Flacco’s favorite weapon.

One thing the Broncos have to start doing to be successful is to force turnovers. In two games, they have forced zero turnovers and have no sacks. That’s hard to believe when you have pass rushers Von Miller and Bradley Chubb. First-year coach Vic Fangio is a defensive-minded head man and is not worried at the moment.

“Not at this point, OK,” he said. “The only thing I will say is I was disappointed in our rush in the last drive (on Sunday), but prior to that in these first two games they’ve been unusual games as it related to pass rush.”

Packers Look To Stay Undefeated

The Green Bay Packers entered the 2019 season with hopes of potentially returning to a Super Bowl for the first time since 2010. After failing to qualify for the playoffs last season, Green Bay finally decided to bring in a new head coach and the front office chose Matt LaFleur to be the leader of the Packers. So far this season, LaFleur has been successful as he is 2-0 as head coach. However, there have been visible disagreements on the sidelines between him and star quarterback Aaron Rodgers which has attracted some media attention. As long as the Packers keep winning, those disagreements will mean absolutely nothing moving forward.

Last week, the Packers defeated the Vikings by a score of 21-16. However, the game was much closer than it probably should have been considering the fact that Green Bay was up 14-0 after the first quarter. Aaron Rodgers led the way with two passing touchdowns and 209 passing yards along with no interceptions. However, the offense scored zero points in the second half which helped allow Minnesota to crawl back into the game. Look for Green Bay to try putting together a solid offensive gameplan for a full 60 minutes in this game.

Green Bay’s biggest weapon on offense is wide receiver Davante Adams who has struggled a bit so far this season. After catching a career-high 111 passes for 1,386 receiving yards last year, people expected Adams to cement himself as one of the best receivers in the league. However, he only has 142 receiving yards so far this season and has yet to score a touchdown. With an average defense up next, look for Adams to have a breakout game.

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Simply put, these teams are headed in opposite directions and I think Green Bay should win this game pretty easily. Denver’s offense has looked atrocious with Flacco as the starting quarterback and I expect it to struggle in this one. The Denver defense should struggle against Rodgers like every other defense in the league usually does. I think that Green Bay’s defense is also very underrated and should be able to help pave the way for a double digit victory. Give me the home team as a result.

Prediction: Green Bay -7.5

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Even though Green Bay has a lot of offensive firepower, Denver does not so I have to take the under. Green Bay’s defense has held its opposition to less than 17 points in each of its first two games while Denver’s defense has held its opposition to less than 25 points through the first two weeks so I think this total is too high. I think this game will end somewhere in the realm of 27-10 so I will take the under.

Prediction: Under 43
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.