PackerReport.com staff predictions

Most on panel feel Packers will break Rocky Mountain hex

Bob Fox, Correspondent
Packers 2007 season prediction record: 5-1
Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 10-6
Sunday's game: Packers 27, Broncos 24
Comment: The good: Head coach Mike McCarthy is 7-3 on the road. He is 1-0 after bye weeks as well. The Packers are 5-1, including a win against the San Diego Chargers, a team that whipped the Broncos earlier this year. The bad: The Packers have lost 5 straight Monday night football games. The Packers have never won in Denver. The Broncos just beat a pretty good Pittsburgh Steelers team. Something has to give. The Broncos are pretty solid against the passing game, so the Packers must mix up the play calls with run plays. The Packer defense has to force young QB Jay Cutler into turnovers. If Koren Robinson plays, he should give the Packers a lift in both the return game and passing game.

Steve Lawrence, Correspondent
Packers 2007 season prediction record: 5-1
Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 8-8
Sunday's game: Broncos 17, Packers 10
Comment: Denver is a tough place to play, and Green Bay's offense strength — the passing game — goes against Denver's defensive strength — pass defense. In a hard-fought game, a Brett Favre interception is the difference.

Tyler Dunne, Correspondent/Rookie pundit
Packers 2007 season prediction record: 4-2
Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 9-7
Sunday's game: Packers 27, Broncos 17
Comment: Denver boasts the second best pass defense in the NFL. That shouldn't stop Mike McCarthy from leaning on Brett Favre's right arm. The Broncos 'D' held J.P. Losman and Josh McNown to under 100 yards passing each, but neither of these quarterbacks currently start for their teams. Here's a better gauge of Denver's defense: In their most recent three games, against three productive QBs (Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger), Denver has yielded 753 yards and nine touchdowns. McCarthy should not force feed the running game as he did in the second half against Chicago. Airing it out will lead to a Mile High statement.

W. Keith Roerdink, Correspondent
Packers 2007 season prediction record: 4-2
Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 9-7
Sunday's game: Green Bay 23, Denver 17
Comment: A week off wasn't enough for the Packers to fix their running game, but Green Bay can win this game through the air with their two Donald's -- Driver and Lee. Word is out that a 'Tampa 2' defense is the way to slow down Brett Favre, but look for Driver to turn some hard slants into big plays and the tight end Lee to slip behind the linebackers for a long gainer or two. Stay away from Champ Bailey. On the other side of the ball, the Packers D should come up with at least one pressure turnover on quarterback Jay Cutler. Ex-Buff kicker Mason Crosby may also get the chance to leg it out in the high altitude.

Jay Royle, Publisher
Packers 2007 season prediction record: 3-3
Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 9-7
Sunday's game: Packers 27, Broncos 17
Comment: Packers come out swinging and rested! I'm not going to let the Broncos win over the Steelers fool me. I still think the Packers are the better team overall here. Definitely a tough place to play, but the Pack gets it done.

Harry Sydney, Correspondent
Packers 2007 season prediction record: 3-3
Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 7-9
Sunday's game: Packers 24, Broncos 17
Comment: Even though I think this game will be closer than most think, I believe the Packers will win 24-17. The Packers can't run and the Broncos can't stop the run, so it will be interesting to see if the Packers try to re-establish their will to run, or just go with what they do best and that's throw the ball.

Todd Korth, Managing Editor
Packers 2007 season prediction record: 3-3
Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record will be 8-8
Sunday's game: Packers 20, Broncos 17
Comment: Even though the Packers are 0-5 in Denver and Favre had his career-worst passer rating of 9.6 the last time Green Bay visited at old Mile High in 1999, I feel the Packers will come off their bye week with a bounce in their step and focused on securing the football. Favre will do much better under the MNF spotlight and Mason Crosby, returning to his college stomping grounds, will drill a late field goal to lift Green Bay past the banged-up Broncos.

Tom Andrews, Correspondent
Packers 2007 season prediction record: 3-3
Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 8-8
Sunday's game: Packers 17, Broncos 16
Comment: This game promises to be a serious test for the Packers. The Broncos are riding high after a last-second victory and, with the cold weather upon us, being able to run the football, at least to some degree, will be a must if Green Bay hopes to win. I look for a defensive battle with turnovers and special teams play as the key factors.

Matt Tevsh, Correspondent
Packers 2007 season prediction record: 3-3
Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 7-9
Sunday's game: Packers 30, Broncos 17
Comment: With several interesting sub-plots to this game, including the Packers running game vs. the Broncos run defense, I think the Packers have a big day through the air and beat the Broncos convincingly. Denver is never an easy place to play, but the Broncos aren't as good as they used to be. A key matchup will be how the Packers' receivers get off the line against the Broncos' cornerbacks.

Doug Ritchay, Correspondent
Packers 2007 season prediction record: 2-4
Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 7-9
Sunday's game: Packers 23, Broncos 20
Comment: The Packers have two advantages going into this game. One, they are coming off the bye and are rested. Two, they won't be facing Josh Beckett. Hey, who has a better fastball, Beckett or Favre? It's never been easy to play at Denver and last week's win against Pittsburgh at home showed the Broncos can beat good teams. At 5-1, the Packers are a good team, and they'll have to play their best game of the season to win. This is a tight game I see going into overtime. The Packers edge Denver, 23-20. Meanwhile, the Rockies will win Game 5 of the World Series a couple miles away.


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