This Sunday night in prime time, we are set to see two offensive juggernauts, as the Kansas City Chiefs (5-2) are set to host the Green Bay Packers (6-1) on Sunday Night Football. With both teams on top of their respective divisions and coming off of big wins, these two high-octane offenses will look to out-duel one another and keep the chains moving.
Moving the Chains
While neither team seems to have a problem keeping the chains moving, both teams seem to have a problem stopping the chains from moving when the opposition has the ball at least. The Chiefs and Packers defenses are ranked 25th and 26th, respectively, in the NFL in yards per game this season.
While the Chiefs look to keep their No. 1-ranked offense rolling, the Packers look to knock off a fourth straight opponent and keep rising in the NFL power rankings. The Chiefs have a lot more to overcome than the Packers, moving into the weekend without their franchise player, Patrick Mahomes, while the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers is coming off of a career game. Heading into the contest, the Packers are favored by four points, with the over/under set at 48.
A Loss Within a Win
Coming into Week 7, the Chiefs looked to rebound after losing a shootout against Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans. They did just that, dominating the division rival Denver Broncos by a score of 30-6. Unfortunately, on the path to this victory, the NFL’s leader in passing yards and possible MVP candidate, Mahomes, was lost to a knee injury.
Although Mahomes hasn’t been officially ruled out for Sunday’s contest, head coach Andy Reid said it would be a stretch for him to make the start and wouldn’t put a timeline on the injury. That being said, look forward to Matt Moore under center, as Chad Henne has yet to return from injured reserve.
Having weapons like Tyreke Hill and Travis Kelce will make transitioning a little easier for Moore, as he will be at the helm of the league’s top passing attack.
Leader of the Pack
Rodgers led the Packers to their third straight win this past weekend, outfoxing the Jon Gruden-led Oakland Raiders. On his way to a 42-24 victory, Rodgers was phenomenal, going 25 for 31 for 429 passing yards and five touchdowns. Rodgers also became the first QB in Packers history to complete a game with a perfect 158.3 passer rating.
Davante Adams, the Packers’ top receiving threat, missed a third straight game with turf toe and is still day-to-day with the injury. With Adams out, Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and head coach Matt LaFleur have found ways to use the receiving group they do have on the field creatively, and they haven’t lost a game in Adams’ absence.
Green Bay is ranked 11th in the league in yards per game and, much like the Chiefs, will look to capitalize on a defense that allows a lot of yards. If anyone can pick apart a subpar secondary, it’s Rodgers. I don’t see many scenarios where the defense of either team plays a bigger role than the offense in this one.
What Is And What Might’ve Been
It’s better not to waste time thinking of what might’ve been in this matchup. Everyone would’ve loved to see Mahomes and Rodgers, two heavyweights, square off in primetime on Sunday night, but that’s just how the cards fall sometimes.
With a lower-tier defense, it’ll be tough for the Chiefs to keep Rodgers and the Packers offense from running the score up. Without Mahomes to try and make it a shootout, this very well could be a one-sided affair. The NFL pick is the Packers, and they cover the four-point spread with ease.