Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are entering Week 4 riding high after a dramatic win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football last week. After allowing a touchdown with just 37 seconds left that put San Francisco up 28-27, Rodgers led a beautiful drive to set up the Packers for a chance to win the game. Mason Crosby came in and banged through a 51-yard field goal to lead the Packers to a 2-1 record.
Following their Week 1 loss to the New Orleans Saints by a brutal final score of 38-3, the Packers have righted the ship quickly. They beat the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football in Week 2 and then overcame adversity to knock off the 49ers on the road.
Over the last two weeks, Rodgers has been playing at an MVP level once again. Aaron Jones has gotten going and the wide receivers have been well engaged for Green Bay. Defensively, there are some concerns, but the Packers have made some plays.
Speaking about the defense, the pass-rush is the main area that Green Bay needs to see improvement. In three games, the Packers have recorded just three total sacks, although Za’Darius Smith is out due to injury. If they want to make a run to the Super Bowl this season, they need to improve that area of their defense.
All of that being said, let’s go ahead and dive in to take a look at four bold predictions for the Green Bay Packers entering their Week 4 matchup against Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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Green Bay Packers Week 4 Predictions
4. Rashan Gary Leads The Green Bay Packers To Four Sacks On Big Ben
Due to the loss of Za’Darius Smith following Week 1, the Packers’ pass-rush has been struggling. Even with Smith out, however, Green Bay has a lot of talent on the edge.
Rashan Gary and Preston Smith are both talented edge rushers who should be able to step up in Smith’s absence. So far in three games, Gary has recorded 0.5 sacks and Preston Smith has racked up one total sack. Those guys need to step up against Roethlisberger, who has been struggling to start the 2021 season.
In a game that the Packers need him to step up, Gary will do just that. We are predicting that Gary will record two sacks by himself and that Green Bay as a team will sack Big Ben four total times. That kind of defensive production is exactly what Green Bay needs to see moving forward.
3. Aaron Jones Continues His Impressive Streak
There was some concern about running back Aaron Jones after his dismal Week 1 performance against the Saints. In that game, he carried the football just five times for nine yards. The last two weeks have been a completely different story.
During the Packers’ Week 2 beatdown of the Lions, Jones rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown, while also catching six passes for 48 yards and three more scores. Last week against the 49ers, Jones racked up 82 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
More of the same should be expected from Jones this week against the Steelers. Jones will end up recording his first 100-yard rushing game of the year and will score another touchdown on the ground. He will also find success as a receiver out of the backfield, catching five passes for at least 40 yards and another score.
2. The Green Bay Packers See MVP Rodgers Once Again
Now that the panic has died down surrounding Rodgers, fans are beginning to expect the elite version of him each and every week. Those fans are not going to be disappointed this week against the Steelers.
Even though Pittsburgh has a very talented defense, Rodgers will have his way. He has a great supporting cast and the offensive line has been playing fairly well, even without star left tackle David Bakhtiari. Rodgers is primed for another big-time matchup this week.
We are predicting that Rodgers will throw for at least 300 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. Matt LaFleur and Rodgers have been perfectly on the same page over the last two weeks and Green Bay should be excited about what they have seen. If this is Rodgers’ last season with the Packers, at least he will go out putting on a big show once again.
1. Green Bay Packers Move To 3-1 Win A Hard-Fought Victory
Finally, we are predicting that the Packers will end up coming out of this game with a win. It isn’t going to be easy, but Green Bay will be the better team this week.
So far this season, we have seen the Steelers struggle to get things going on the offensive side of the ball. Roethlisberger looks like age is starting to creep up on him, although we have said that before just to see him turn things around. The running game for Pittsburgh hasn’t gotten going with rookie Najee Harris leading the way yet, but that could change against the Packers’ defense.
While this will be a close game the majority of the way, the Green Bay Packers will make the necessary plays down the stretch. Our final score prediction for this game is 31-24 in favor of Green Bay.