3 keys for a Bengals win over the Green Bay Packers

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CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 23: Tramon Williams #38 of the Green Bay Packers defends a pass in the end zone against A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals during a preseason NFL game at Paul Brown Stadium on August 23, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 23: Tramon Williams #38 of the Green Bay Packers defends a pass in the end zone against A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals during a preseason NFL game at Paul Brown Stadium on August 23, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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3 keys for a Bengals win over the Green Bay Packers
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Guenther’s Gang

The defense has been playing (here it comes) lights out. They haven’t been shutting down any monster offenses, but they’ve been stout and steady. They show a consistency that can be even better with a sustained effort from the offense.

Going against Aaron Rodgers and the Pack will truly be a test. There’s no doubt Rodgers will be wearing a Gold Jacket when he decides to hang up his cleats. Until then, the Bengals D has to be ready for his creativity. After all, he learned from the best. Brett Favre held the reins before retiring.

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The defense will also have to be ready for the revenge factor. Rodgers has never beaten the Bengals and Cincinnati holds a three-game winning streak against the Pack.

Getting in Rodgers’ face will be the key to keeping him at bay (pun not really intended). By making him think about the blitz and getting hit, the front seven will be able to create turnover opportunities for the secondary. In other words, the young duo of Carl Lawson and Jordan Willis should make their new home in the Packers’ backfield.

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