Danger Aaron – Jones or Rodgers?
Vasquez: Which Aaron will have the hotter hand vs the Miami Dolphins? (Rodgers or Jones)
"Bretl: I’ll say, Aaron Rodgers, although Aaron Jones (and AJ Dillon) are going to play big roles. This is a Miami pass defense that has been susceptible this season, and the Packers’ passing game has looked completely different since the emergence of Christian Watson. He has provided them with that missing big-play ability, which is altering how opponents defend Green Bay and also creating opportunities for others with the attention that he draws. On top of that, Romeo Doubs returned from injury last week, and gives Rodgers another playmaking target. This is the healthiest that Green Bay has been at the receiver position all season long. The Packers have scored at least 24 points (including 30 or more twice) in four of their last five games, and while the newfound passing game has been key, they’ve also been very successful on the ground during that stretch as well. So while I could see Rodgers and the receivers having a big day, as offensive coordinator Adam Stenavich said recently, offensive success begins with the run game."
Vasquez: Who will be the X-factor on the Packers for this game?
"Bretl: I’ll go with edge rusher Preston Smith. This Packers secondary is going to have a hard time slowing Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, and realistically, they’re going to give up big plays. However, perhaps the best way to limit those opportunities is by pressuring the quarterback consistently, which will provide the secondary with some much-needed help. Smith has been making some noise as of late, with 11 pressures, according to PFF, over the last five games and four sacks in the last four games, although, in general, the Packers need more consistent pressure from their defensive front. Since losing Rashan Gary, Green Bay’s ability to create pressure without blitzing has been very sporadic, and against an explosive Dolphins’ passing game, I don’t see them blitzing much. With the Dolphins’ utilizing the quick passing game, generating pressure won’t be easy, but if Tua Tagovailoa has time, it’s going to be a long day for the defense."