TALE OF THE TAPE

Week 5: Green Bay Packers At Indianapolis Colts

Packers
Colts
Green Bay Packers v San Diego Chargers
Indianapolis Colts v Pittsburgh Steelers
Quarterback
Winner The Packers got back into the win column against the Saints and Aaron Rodgers had the kind of game his coaches, teammates and fans are used to seeing from him. He threw four TD passes and completed 31-of-41 passes. As long as his offensive line gives him adequate protection, Rodgers should be razor sharp.
Andrew Luck is proving to be everything the Colts thought he would be in last year’s draft. He has exceptional understanding of operating an NFL offense and is already solid when it comes to reading opposing defenses. He is an excellent athlete who can make all the throws that are demanded of the position.
Offense
Winner The Packers have been a high-powered passing attack under head coach Mike McCarthy and Rodgers. Any semblance of a running game is designed to buy Rodgers a little bit of time. Cedric Benson is a decent back, but he is not a real threat. Greg Jennings has not been at full strength due to injuries, but Jordy Nelson and James Jones are both explosive.
The Colts are happy to put the offense in the hands of Luck, but running back Donald Brown is a hard-running threat who can help diversify the attack. Reggie Wayne is still an explosive wideout and T.Y. Hilton is also a big-play threat who is becoming one of Luck’s favorite receivers.
Defense
Winner The Packers are a high-pressure defense thanks to the presence of linebacker Clay Matthews. His goal is to pressure opposing quarterbacks and force them into mistakes. B.J. Raji is a big-time run stuffer who can cut off the interior running game. Charles Woodson has lost a step but he is still a solid cover man who can break up passes.
The Colts are trying to rebuild a defense that has been a classic cover-2 unit. However, they are now a much more aggressive unit led by linebacker Paul Posluszny. He has the ability to make big plays in the running game and he also drops into the coverage lanes to break up the passing game. The Colts are becoming more athletic but they still make a lot of mistakes.
Special Teams
The Packers are happy with Mason Crosby. He is regularly one of the league’s top scorers as a result of playing behind such a productive offense. The Packers are not afraid to try trick plays out of special teams and punter Tim Masthay’s pass out of punt formation helped secure a win against Chicago in Week Two.
Winner The Colts are solid but not extraordinary on special teams at this point. While they have veteran placekicker Adam Vinatieri, he’s not quite as consistent as he once was. Pat McAfee has a big leg and knows how to drop the ball inside the 20.

The Winner Is

Green Bay Packers v San Diego Chargers
Winner Packers
3 out of 4

The obvious hook to this matchup is Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers going to Indianapolis to teach rookie gunslinger Andrew Luck a lesson on how to play quarterback. Forget it. Rodgers is only concerned with getting the Packers on track. They barely climbed back to .500 with a one-point victory over winless New Orleans while the Colts are coming off a bye and should be ready to play their best game.

MORE TALES OF THE TAPE

  1. OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons signals to his team during their NFL game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 18, 2016 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 18:  Quarterback  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints hands off to Mark Ingram #22 during the first quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on September 18, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
    Week 3 Tale Of The Tape: Atlanta Falcons At New Orleans Saints

    The NFC South rivals meet in the Big Easy with Brees and company looking for their first win.

  2. CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 19: Danny Trevathan #59 and Akiem Hicks #96 of the Chicago Bears
stop Ryan Mathews #24 of the Philadelphia Eagles
at Soldier Field on September 19, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Eagels defeated the Bears 29-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 18: Quarterback Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates with teammates center Travis Frederick #72 and offensive guard La\'el Collins #71 after scoring a third quarter touchdown against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 18, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
    Week 3 Tale Of The Tape: Chicago Bears At Dallas Cowboys

    The Cowboys rookies have looked good the first two weeks, now they get the winless and injury plagued Bears at home.

  3. PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 18: Xavier Grimble #85 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates his touchdown with Ben Roethlisberger #7 in the first quarter during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on September 18, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 19:  Quarterback Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles hands off the football to Ryan Mathews #24 in the first half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 19, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
    Week 3 Tale Of The Tape: Pittsburgh Steelers At Philadelphia Eagles

    The two Pennsylvania teams have gotten off to 2-0 starts. Who will win the battle for interstate bragging rights?

See All Tales of the Tape

More From CBS Philly

Guide To Oktoberfests And Other Fall Beer Events
Sign Up Now!
Taz Goes Big!

Listen Live