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How the Oakland Raiders Can Beat the Green Bay Packers

By Ryan Lawrence
Copywriter, Interview Expert
and Special Contributor


At 12-0, the Green Bay Packers look poised to complete the regular season undefeated. To do so, they need only defeat a handful of relatively mediocre teams and one motivated division rival on the very last game of the season.

This week, the odds-makers have them as 11-point favorites against an Oakland Raiders team that looked about as formidable as a door mat last week in Miami. Still, the NFL is a crazy league, and as the old saying goes: on any given Sunday, any team can beat any team. Here's what Oakland will have to do to give Aaron Rodgers and the undefeated Packers loss number one:

Shorten the game

Last week, for want or necessity, the New York Giants turned their back on the running game, choosing instead to engage in a shoot-out with Rodgers. Eli Manning held his own, but ultimately, the Pack was too much in the end. To have a chance in Green Bay, the Raiders must bleed the clock and let Rodgers and the rest of the Packers' offense get stiff and rusty on the sideline. The return of Darren McFadden should help; however, it's the coaches' commitment to the run which will truly be tested. They must resist the temptation to let Carson Palmer throw even if Green Bay gets ahead early.

Get pressure with four

Rodgers has proved he is up to dissecting most any blitz scheme. His quick release and impressive mobility allow him to avoid sacks and buy time in and out of the pocket. Oakland's secondary isn't particularly strong; so it will need to dedicate at least seven men to coverage. This means Oakland's talented front four must wreak havoc. They've earned a reputation as relentless, physical rushers; now, it's time to prove it.

Play within themselves

Make no mistake; Green Bay is a dominant, intimidating team. Too often, when the Packers jump out early, opponents abandon their game plans and resort to playing catch up. If Green Bay builds a lead, the Raiders must stay committed to what they do best. You can't beat Green Bay playing its game; you've got to focus on what you do well and hope it's enough in the end.