A true blessing that the schedulers blessed the heavens with a Christmas miracle of Green Bay Packers football. Bonus miracle for seeing Rodgers pass Favre in Packers record books for most passing touchdowns in team history. Bonus Christmas miracle from Davante Adams birthday on Christmas Eve. Bonus bonus Christmas miracle that Green Bay survived a game tilting 2 point attempt from the Baltimore Ravens in the final minutes to secure the Week 15 win and an NFC North title. Now that Green Bay has the clinched the playoffs, their sights will be set on bringing home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Staying healthy late in the season is equally critical to Packers postseason hopes. Added wear and tear through an extra week of football is an obstacle as well as rampant Covid cases are troubling for any team especially if you’re missing multiple starters. Green Bay has been able to plug and play at just about every position due to absences which makes them suited to withstand the rigors of the moment. However, their holiday hookup with the Cleveland Browns will be returning key starters in Baker Mayfield and Jarvis Landry. Green Bay would be fortunate if Myles Garrett isn’t able to go as he has a questionable tag after not practicing all week. Cleveland will be desperate for a victory, currently ranked 4th in the AFC North at 7-7, they’re still only 1 game back in a competitive division. Green Bay took a little steam off late against Baltimore and nearly gave up a 14-point lead.
Cleveland’s defense has looked aggressive and stifling to opposing QBs of late although their opposing QBs aren’t elite passers as of yet. Mac Jones, Jared Goff were followed by back to back Ravens games. Lamar Jackson left the 2nd game to an ankle injury leaving Tyler Huntley to play most of the game. Their final game was against Derek Carr last week where they narrowly lost to Vegas with a 3rd string QB starting. Aaron Rodgers at home late in the season and he has the added treat of breaking a record in primetime. Cleveland ranks 18th in the league against QBs and will struggle to contain the favorite for league MVP.
Rodgers passes for 315 yards and 3 TDs
Rodgers props: 265.5 yards passing and 2.5 TDs
Jones looks to be getting his legs back under him and confidence in his running. He outpaced AJ Dillon in carries 13-7 while catching a touchdown and Dillon took the goal line score. Granted both weren’t involved much in the passing game Jones had 2 to Dillon’s 1. Expect Jones to get a healthy dose of action especially if edge mauler Myles Garrett isn’t 100%. Even at 65% he is a concern to blow up his side of the field. Cleveland ranks 16th in the league in points allowed to RBs while only allowing 3–100-yard team rushing performances. With Green Bay having arguably the best RB duo in the league expect the Packers to slice the Browns both ground and air.
Jones carves out 60 rushing yards and 20 yards receiving with a score
Aaron Jones props: 47.5 yards rushing to Dillons expected 46.5
Cleveland ranks 6th in points allowed to WR. Adams will get open unless they trying throwing a 4th guy at him. Davante makes this offense move and he’s essentially a lock for 7+ targets in most his games.
Davante grabs 11 catches for 95 yards and 2 TD
Davante props: 7.5 catches for 87.5 yards
Green Bay had a wake-up call with the Baltimore comeback and steadies at home. Cleveland is coming off a disappointing loss with more at risk, so you never want to count on a lame duck for supper. The Packers are favored by 7+, meaning Green Bay should be able to run the ball, eat the clock and get everyone home in time for the 17th showing of A Christmas Story.
Green Bay wins 30-20
GO PACK GO!