A week after knocking off one of their top rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals will now have to overcome one of the NFC's most dangerous teams as Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers come to Paul Brown Stadium this Sunday.
The Packers (1-1) will face the Bengals (1-1) in the regular season for the first time since 2009. The Packers came to Paul Brown Stadium last year during the preseason. While Cincinnati moved into a tie for first place in AFC North, Rodgers and the Packers were picking apart the Redskins defense as he threw for 480 yards.
Rodgers has thrown for 813 yards and seven touchdowns this season and has completed nearly 70 percent of his 79 attempts. On the other side Andy Dalton is putting up modest numbers in comparison as he has completed 65 percent of his 78 attempts for 562 yards and three touchdowns.
Dalton's biggest weapons aside from A.J. Green have been the rookie duo of Tyler Eifert and Giovani Bernard. Eifert and fellow tight end Jermaine Gresham have combined for 19 catches for 214 yards. Eifert's 61-yard reception is the longest pass play this season. Bernard finally showed what he can do when he gets more than five touches when he scored the Bengals only two touchdowns last week.
The first came on a 7-yard run and the second on a short pass that Bernard took in from 27 yards out. This season he has 60 on 12 carries and his 5 yards per carry are easily better than the 2.8 posted by BenJarvus Green-Ellis on 36 carries.
Green Bay finally had a 100-yard rusher when James Starks replaced the injured Eddie Lacy (concussion) and scampered for 132 yards and a touchdown. Starks is expected to get a bulk of the carries on Sunday, but if Rodgers has a hot hand his carries may be limited. Cincinnati allowed a combined 125 yards rushing to the Bears and Steelers.
The Bengals will have to focus on a trio of receivers in Randall Cobb (16 catches, 236 yards, 2 TD), James Jones (11 catches, 178 yards) and Jordy Nelson (10 catches, 196 yards, 3 TD). They'll have to do so without Brandon Ghee (concussion) and a beat up secondary. The Bengals have added Chris Lewis-Harris from the practice squad to help.
The two teams will try to improve to 2-1 with kickoff set for 1:00 p.m.