4. Constant Pressure
Aaron Rodgers has been blitzed 25 times this season, but still has a 19.64 average yards per completion while facing blitz, which is the best in the NFL. Most teams actually stop blitzing Rodgers after the first quarter since he does so well against it. The Bengals will have to rely heavily on their defensive line in this game, as it will be the biggest key on defense.
The secondary can’t stay on the receivers all day, so Geno Atkins and co. must bring the heat on every passing play. If the Bengals do no generate a constant pressure, then Rodgers could easily pick this defense apart.
October 21, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) sacks St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) during the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. Green Bay defeated St. Louis 30-20. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
5. Accounting for Clay Matthews
One of the best linebackers in the game, the Bengals offensive line is going to have to account for Matthews in ever facet of the game. Not only can he get to the quarterback, but he is great at disecting plays and making plays in the backfield to stop the runner. He can also confuse teams by dropping back in the pass. Matthews is going to be a key for the Packers as he could be quiet for some of the game, then break out and make a game changing play.