- Packers continued their roll with a fourth straight victory on the road at Kansas City in Week 8
- Both Aaron Rodgers and Aaron Jones are powering the Green Bay offense
- The Packers will get a boost with return of top receiver Davante Adams for Week 9
The Green Bay Packers keep finding a way to win. Playing their fourth straight game without star receiver Davante Adams on Sunday, the Packers rode the abilities of running back Aaron Jones, who had a career-high 226 total yards to lead Green Bay to a 31-24 road victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
As a result of their fourth straight win, Green Bay’s Super Bowl odds, which were sitting at an average of +933 before kickoff on Sunday, have dropped to +800.
Super Bowl 54 Odds
|Team||Record||Super Bowl Odds|
|New England Patriots||8-0||+220|
|New Orleans Saints||7-1||+500|
|Green Bay Packers||7-1||+800|
|San Francisco 49ers||7-0||+800|
|Kansas City Chiefs||5-3||+1400|
|Los Angeles Rams||5-3||+1800|
Odds taken on Oct. 28
A Tale of Two Aarons
While there are a number of reasons to believe in this team, perhaps none are more readily apparent than the team’s quarterback and the man who is rapidly becoming his favorite target.
Both Aaron Rodgers and Aaron Jones are key cogs in one of the NFL’s most explosive offenses, with Jones now leading the league in total touchdowns (11). Since showcasing his big-game talent in a four-touchdown outing against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5, Jones was relatively quiet in the next two games.
— NFL (@NFL) October 28, 2019
But in another big game in prime time on Sunday night, Jones put the team on his back, rushing for 67 yards while picking up 159 more through the air. He became the first Packer to have more than 150 receiving yards and two touchdowns since Rodgers’ former favorite target, Jordy Nelson.
Rodgers now has 16 passing touchdowns on the season, just one back of Seattle’s Russell Wilson for the league lead, and with nine passes of 40-yards or longer, he’s just one back of the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes for top spot in the NFL in that category. His 67-yard strike to Jones on the winning touchdown on Sunday was the perfect illustration of just how dangerous this duo can be.
AARON JONES TAKES IT ALL THE WAY.
— NFL (@NFL) October 28, 2019
The Road Ahead
Another reason for optimism with this Packers squad is its schedule. Of the remaining eight games, four are against sub-.500 teams, and only two should cause Packer backers any real concern.
The first of those is the possible playoff preview against the still-perfect San Francisco 49ers on Nov. 24, but the Packers will be coming off their bye that week, so will have had two full weeks to prepare for the current NFC leaders.
Packers (7-1) upcoming schedule:
At Chargers (3-5)
Vs. Panthers (4-3)
At 49ers (7-0)
Wouldn’t be surprised to see 9-1 Packers vs. 10-0 49ers (if those records hold) flexed to Sunday night. Current Week 12 SNF game is Seahawks-Eagles.
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) October 28, 2019
The other hurdle looks to be the division rival Minnesota Vikings, who are still breathing down Green Bay’s neck at 6-2. But that contest is in Week 16, and both teams records might look very different by then.
A Return to Full Health
While the absence of Adams (turf toe) in the receiving corps has given Rodgers the chance to develop chemistry with some of the other weapons at his disposal, there’s no doubt the Packers are a better team with their No. 1 receiver on the field.
That may well happen in next Sunday’s road game against the 3-5 Los Angeles Chargers.
A little more of what Davante Adams did on the field before he went inside the Hutson Center during practice. pic.twitter.com/ZbMrftUhJb
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) October 25, 2019
Adams has two 100-plus-yard games on his resume in four games this season. Adding him back into the mix will only improve an already dangerous Green Bay offense.
Pick: At +800 Packers remain a very good pick to win Super Bowl 54
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