Six keys to beating the Green Bay Packers

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Sep 16, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) high steps into the end zone for a touchdown during the third quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

2. Giovani Bernard

In the Game. WHile Green-Ellis is a power back and helps wear defenses down, there is no doubt that Giovani Bernard should receive more touches. When he was in more plays against the Steelers, the Bengals offense became much more balanced. So far this year, when Bernard is in, the Bengals are averaging 11.1 yards per pass.

When Green-Ellis is in, the Bengals are averaging 4.9 yards per pass. The Bengals are going to need Bernard in this game and throughout the game. He has averaged 5 yards a carry and 17.5 yards a reception. Bernard needs to get his share of touches if the Bengals want to win.

 

3. The Bengals Secondary

16. 16 games is how long it’s been since the Bengals have allowed a 300 yard passer. Aaron Rodgers is coming to town, and that’s going to be a hard streak to hold onto. It doesn’t mean it’s not possible, as the Detroit Lions held Rodgers under 200 yards last season. The Bengals secondary is going to have to make sure tackles as the Green Bay receivers are great at getting yards after the catch.

In fact, they have gained 610 yards after the catch, most out of any wide receiver corp in the NFL. Dre Kirkpatrick and Brandon Ghee are most likely both out for Sunday’s game, so everyone must be on their A game, including the depth.

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