The Green Bay Packers host the Kansas City Chiefs in the 685th edition of Monday Night Football. The Chiefs look to rebound off of a late-game downfall against the Denver Broncos last weekend, while the Packers look to continue their perfection seen through week two.
Who: Kansas City Chiefs (1-1) at Green Bay Packers (2-0)
What: Week three of the NFL regular season
When: Monday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. CDT
Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
At first glance, the arrival of the Kansas City Chiefs to Lambeau Field may not turn many heads. However, the Chiefs-Packers matchup draws several connections; connections that date back to 1966, as well as connections that draw back to 2005.
The last time these two conference foes played was in 2011 when the Chiefs survived a close call against the Packers at Arrowhead Stadium. Meanwhile, the first time this couple played, the matchup provided serious implications, including who would capture Super Bowl I.
As history would show, the Packers would capture the first series match, as well as the first NFL Super Bowl. Some 50 years later, the Packers look to continue their success shown this season, after defeating both the Chicago Bears and the Seattle Seahawks in the first two weeks, respectively. The Packers stand atop the NFC North with a 2-0 record, and look to extend their season record.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs look to rebound off their loss last week, and look to stay alive in a heated AFC West division.
Aside from the history between the two teams, two players share a similar road to the NFL. Flashback to the infamous 2005 NFL draft, yes, the draft that included both Monday Night Football quarterbacks, Aaron Rodgers and Alex Smith. As many may remember, Smith was selected with the #1 overall selection by the San Francisco 49er’s, while Rodgers fell back to the Packers, consequently falling behind Packer’s star Brett Favre.
Ten seasons later Smith and Rodgers square off for the fifth time, with Rodgers seeing Smith in a Chief’s jersey for the first time. Regardless, a resplendent quarterback battle will be broadcasted on Monday Night Football.
Another potential storyline to watch is the Chief’s success running the ball. Last season, the Chiefs averaged 119 rushing yards per game behind Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis, good for 10th best in the league. Meanwhile for the Packers, stopping the run was a major challenge last season, and continues to be one in 2015 with the loss of several key defensive staples. Charles enters Monday’s game 14th in the NFL in rushing, averaging 91 yards per game.
Meanwhile, Packer’s running back Eddie Lacey is facing an injury heading into week three. Backup running back James Starks carried the load in last week’s victory, carrying 20 times for 95 yards.
Lastly, whether the Packers are able to contain last year’s sack leader, Justin Houston, could potentially impact the outcome of Monday’s game. Houston brings an explosive pass-rusher versus a depleted Packer’s offensive line, causing a challenge for Rodgers.
Players to watch
- Aaron Rodgers
- Justin Houston
- Travis Kelce
- James Starks
- Randall Cobb
Packer’s injury report
- Davante Adams is probable with an ankle injury
- Bryan Bulaga is out with a knee injury
- Morgan Burnett is out with a calf injury
- Eddie Lacey is probable with an ankle injury
- Randall Cobb is probable with a shoulder injury
- Sam Shields is probable with a calf injury
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