Huge Showdown at Mile High as Packers Favored Over Broncos
By Charles Jay
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Both the Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos come into Sunday night’s game with a record of 6-0. They are each coming off a bye week. The game features the player who was the reigning MVP of the league against the one who has captured that trophy five different times. What better scenario can you have for a game that stands alone on the schedule? NBC is lucky enough to be televising this one at 8:30 PM ET from Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. And BetAnySports customers are fortunate enough that they can place wagers on this game even after the opening kickoff, as they use the state-of-the-art technology available through Live Betting Extra.
Packers vs Broncos – BetAnySports NFL BETTING LINE:
In the NFL odds that have been established on this game by the people at BetAnySports, the Packers are a slight favorite on the road:
- Green Bay Packers -3 (+100)
- Denver Broncos +3 (-120)
- Over 45.5 points -110
- Under 45.5 points -110
With each of these teams, you get the feeling if they have not yet played their best football. Of course, there is been plenty of controversy surrounding Peyton Manning, the five-time Most Valuable Player who is very clearly having his problems adjusting to first-year coach Gary Kubiak’s system. When Denver went into its bye week, Manning was the lowest-rated starting quarterback in the league. He has some stats that are very unlike him, including a ratio of seven touchdowns to 10 interceptions and 6.4 yards per attempt. Naturally there is been a lot of speculation as to whether this is a by-product of the new system or attrition brought on by age. Likely it is a combination of both.
Aaron Rodgers has had to play the entire season without his favorite target, Jordy Nelson, but he manages to get by. He is averaging much higher per attempt than Manning (8.2), and he has a sizzling ratio, with 15 touchdown passes as opposed to only two interceptions. But the Packers are seeking more balance in their attack, and as a result Rogers is 18th best in the NFL in passing yards. He’s just fine with that, as long as this team wins.
Injuries are a big part of the story coming into this game. Davante Adams, a guy Rodgers would like to have available, will be in the lineup as he has been nursing a sprained ankle. The same goes for Eddie Lacy, who had been held to three rushing yards in his last game but should be a little more fit here. As far as the Broncos are concerned, DeMarcus Ware, with a back injury, missed two games but he will be on hand for this one.
The difference between Denver and Green Bay at this point in the season is that the Packers seem to have been more successful in establishing their ground attack then the Broncos. At least that is what can be deciphered from looking at the teams’ overall rushing statistics. But Denver seems to be coming on in that department, as Ronnie Hillman has rushed for over 100 yards in two of the last three games. He’s averaging 4.9 yards on the season, so BetAnySports patrons may soon be able to count the rushing game as a genuine Bronco strength.
Certainly the defense fits that description. Denver has allowed only five touchdown passes and 5.3 yards per passing attempt. With 26 sacks as well, this is a real challenge for Rogers. With Ware (4.5 sacks) coming back to the lineup, that challeng is even greater. The Broncos have permitted their opponents to convert only 31.6% on third-down, and they have faced some capable quarterbacks along the way.
This is a very significant matchup; it hasn’t been since 2007 that teams with 6-0 records have met in a game.
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