PackerReport.com staff predictions

Most on pundit panel feel Packers will continue to roll on the road

Bob Fox, Correspondent
Packers 2007 season prediction record: 6-1
Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 10-6
Sunday's game: Packers 24, Chiefs 13
Comment: The Green Bay Packers have been road warriors under Mike McCarthy going 3-0 in 2007 and 8-3 overall. Winning in Kansas City won't be easy as the Chiefs have the best home record in the NFL since 1990, and also are 21-4 against NFC opponents at Arrowhead Stadium since 1995. McCarthy coached in Kansas City for several years and should once again have the Packers prepared. Turnovers will be the key again as the Packers will try to mirror what they did in Denver by running and passing equally. The Packers defense will have to minimize Larry Johnson's production and try and force Damon Huard into making mistakes. The game will also feature the first meeting of kickers Mason Crosby and Dave Rayner, who had a spirited battle in training camp to become the Green Bay place-kicker this year.

Steve Lawrence, Correspondent
Packers 2007 season prediction record: 5-2
Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 8-8
Sunday's game: Chiefs 20, Packers 17
Comment: Green Bay is the better team, but the Packers are coming off a short week while the Chiefs are at home and coming off a bye. Plus, the Packers haven't shown they can cover a top-flight tight end like Tony Gonzalez. Still, a split in these two road games is good work.

Tyler Dunne, Correspondent/Rookie pundit
Packers 2007 season prediction record: 5-2
Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 9-7
Sunday's game: Packers 20, Chiefs 9
Comment: A letdown seems inevitable. Green Bay comes into Sunday off of a physically and emotionally exhausting overtime win, while Kansas City conveniently hosts this game fresh off of a bye week. Mike McCarthy wouldn't have it any other way. McCarthy is 8-3 on the road as head coach. Green Bay's defense should be able to make Kansas City one-dimensional. Damon Huard is the worst QB they've faced all season. Points will be hard to come by against the Chiefs' Arrowhead-inspired 11th ranked defense, but Aaron Kampman, Nick Barnett and company will have a field day and the Packers will be 7-1 by 4 p.m. (CT) Sunday.

W. Keith Roerdink, Correspondent
Packers 2007 season prediction record: 6-2
Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 9-7
Sunday's game: Green Bay 27, Kansas City 20
Comment: There's really no reason not to pick Green Bay given its success on the road under Mike McCarthy. If they can keep the false start penalties and other mental mistakes to a minimum, the Packers should improve to 7-1. The Chiefs are the only NFL team Brett Favre has never beaten, and this year could be the year. Look for Ryan Grant to get plenty of opportunities to duplicate last week's 104-yard rushing performance, though KC's run defense isn't nearly as bad as Denver's. Favre should also have success spreading the ball around, but he better not hold onto it for too long. The Chiefs rank fifth in the league with 21 sacks, including eight from Jared Allen.

Jay Royle, Publisher
Packers 2007 season prediction record: 4-3
Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 9-7
Sunday's game: Packers 27, Chiefs 17
Comment: Per my brother, Jeff Royle, as we're down here in KC ready to root on the Pack, he says Pack, 24-17. Big brother knows best right?

Harry Sydney, Correspondent
Packers 2007 season prediction record: 4-3
Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 7-9
Sunday's game: Packers 24, Chiefs 17
Comment: I have to go with the Packers because they are on a roll and I see no reason for them to lose. I think the way Brett is playing, and now they might have found a running game, they just might be too much for the Chiefs. I also expect the defense to finally have that game I've been waiting for!!!!.

Todd Korth, Managing Editor
Packers 2007 season prediction record: 4-3
Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record will be 8-8
Sunday's game: Packers 23, Chiefs 16
Comment: The Packers are playing with a lot of confidence and making enough big plays to win games this season, especially on the road. Brett Favre is doing a great job of leading the offense. The defense has bent but is not breaking down completely. Special teams will probably add Koren Robinson to the mix. This all adds up to another victory for the Packers.

Tom Andrews, Correspondent
Packers 2007 season prediction record: 4-3
Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 8-8
Sunday's game: Packers 27, Chiefs 17
Comment: Conventional wisdom would probably say that Kansas City should win this game. They've won four of their last 5 games. Quarterback Damon Huard is playing well. The Chiefs are well-rested, coming off their bye week, while the Packers have a short week after posting an emotional overtime win at Denver. KC also has the home field advantage at Arrowhead Stadium, a venue with an atmosphere often compared to that of Lambeau Field. But I still like the Packers' chances because this season has been anything but conventional. Brett Favre can still be the difference-maker and the young Green Bay defense still doesn't know how good it really can be. Running back Ryan Grant made the most of his opportunity against Denver and injected some life into a comatose running game. Coach Mike McCarthy has his troops believing and if they keep their focus, it should be enough to beat the Chiefs.

Matt Tevsh, Correspondent
Packers 2007 season prediction record: 4-3
Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 7-9
Sunday's game: Chiefs 14, Packers 13
Comment: The two biggest challenges this week for the Packers will be the Arrowhead advantage and Tony Gonzalez. The Chiefs are always tough at home and the Packers history with tight ends hasn't been the best this year. After a dramatic win in Denver, a dramatic loss in K.C. I see a Gonzalez touchdown late as the difference.

Doug Ritchay, Correspondent
Packers 2007 season prediction record: 4-3
Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 7-9
Sunday's game: Kansas City 24, Packers 20
Comment: After last week's thrilling overtime win at Denver (I did predict a Packers overtime win), most assume the Packers will ride that momentum into Sunday at Kansas City. However, the Chiefs are improving after a slow start, and tight ends have killed the Packers this season. Kansas City has a pretty good one named Tony Gonzalez and if he can get loose against the Packers like so many other tight ends have, Monday's win at Denver will be quickly forgotten. The key is Gonzalez and the Packers have no match up for this guy. Chiefs win, and Brett Favre remains winless against the Chiefs, the only team he has never beaten.


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