The top team in the NFC North, the Green Bay Packers (3-1), squares off against the AFC North-leading Cincinnati Bengals (3-1) in Week 5. The Bengals (+130 odds to win) will welcome the Packers (-2.5) on October 10, 2021, at 1:00 PM ET on FOX. The total for the matchup is set at 50.5 points.
Packers vs Bengals
Date: Sunday, October 10, 2021, Time: 1 p.m. ET
Venue: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati
Green Bay was down by 14 points early but battled back to go up by a score of 30-14 late in the third quarter. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough, as a late fumble that was returned for a touchdown was ultimately the final nail in the coffin for the Packers.
Of course, the Packers will also need Kevin King to be the best version of himself in this game and fill the veteran void left by Alexander. You never quite know what you’re going to get from King week to week, which is part of the frustration of his green and gold career. Against the Bengals and in the next few weeks, King must step up and produce the solid play he has shown at times previously.
Bengals passing game vs. Packers secondary. Burrow has shown adeptness at getting the ball out quickly, finding receivers all over the field, and exploiting coverages. He has developed chemistry with the receiver and former LSU teammate Ja’Marr Chase, and receiver Tee Higgins is expected to return from an injury. The Packers likely will be without cornerback Jaire Alexander, and linebacker Za’Darius Smith will miss a fourth straight game.
Packers vs Bengals Odds
The Bengals are three-point underdogs to the Packers, per DraftKings Sportsbook. The opening spread was -6 favoring the Pack, which was a big spread for a road team to cover. Three points for a road team, however, is usually treated like a six-point spread if the game were played on a neutral site.
The over/under for Sunday’s game is 50.5, as both defenses will have their hands full. Green Bay’s defense isn’t expected to have Pro Bowl cornerback Jaire Alexander, and Rodgers is by far the best quarterback the Bengals will have played so far this season.
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The Packers appear to have received somewhat positive news on the long-term health of Jaire Alexander, with Matt LaFleur confirming that he is not set for season-ending surgery at the moment. In a bad NFC North, Green Bay can certainly make the playoffs without Alexander, but unless Eric Stokes is the rookie of the year, they can’t win the Super Bowl while missing number 23.
Rodgers had a rocky Week 1, throwing two picks in an odd, 38-3 loss to New Orleans. He hasn’t thrown a pick since and his team hasn’t lost either. He’s thrown eight touchdowns over three victories and for the season has completed 64.5 percent of his passes. This week’s Bengals preview possible makes the outcome of this game seem direr than it really is. Nobody is going to blame the Bengals for failing to come away with a win this week against the Packers.
That is, assuming they don’t get blown out. But, the Bengals have an opportunity to make an absolute statement this week. Regardless of the injuries, the Packers are a Super Bowl contender. This win would signal the Bengals are for real and the rebuild is paying off. Make no mistake, they don’t have much to lose, but they have so much to gain.
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