Call it “a clash of titans,” a game that may go a long way in determining which of these two teams can start planning a visit to the Super Bowl.
While the Broncos will be playing before an aroused and excited home team fan base, the Packers may be the better team. Green Bay is led by Aaron Rodgers, arguably the National Football League’s (NFL) best young quarterback. His accuracy on short throws and tosses way downfield make Green Bay dangerous when on offense. A stout defense often gets its offense the ball in good field position, making Rodgers’s job even easier.
The Broncos, this Sunday’s home team, have, in prior years, depended heavily on offense. That has certainly been the case in the past two years since future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning began calling signals. But Manning is now thirty-nine years old, retirement age for virtually all NFL quarterbacks and this year his play on the field has seemed to reflect his advanced age.
As a result, Denver’s offense has been inconsistent and deeply flawed. This squad has trouble scoring, even when it begins with good field position. Fortunately for the Broncos and their loyal fan base, Denver has a “shutdown” defense.
In truth, the Broncos defense has been stopping every team it faces enabling Peyton Manning and the offense to produce just enough points to win the game.
It remains to be seen if the Broncos’ defense can “lock down” the potent offense that powers Green Bay and has contributed so mightily to its unbeaten record. Rodgers is a quarterback with a quick release and his receivers know how to put space between themselves and opposing cornerbacks.
This Sunday’s contest will almost certainly be about the defense of the Broncos and the offense of the Packers. It promises to be a real nail-biter whose outcome, at this point, is uncertain.
Fans should find that this game reaches or exceeds expectations for excitement and thrills. Those who attend the game will get to find out if Denver’s defense is as powerful against a top offense as it has been against lesser squads.
For its part, Green Bay has had little trouble defeating opponents so far, due in large part to its explosive offense. But the Packers can defend, as well. The leader of that defense, Clay Matthews, will look pressure Manning all game to solidify a win for the Packers.
The question facing both teams and their respective fan bases is, this: will home town defense stifle a powerful and productive visiting offense?
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