RB Cedric Benson - Green Bay Packers

6-0, 225Born: 12-28-1982College: TexasDrafted: Round 1, pick

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Week 3: vs Denver Broncos

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Packers employed a run-heavy game script last week as they were protecting a lead for the entire game. This afforded a large workload to Aaron Jones, who rushed 23 times for 116 yards and a touchdown. It also enabled Jamaal Williams to see more work, rushing nine times for 28 yards. While Williams was uninspiring, Matt LaFleur wants to even out the touches between the two running backs which would seem odd for how ineffective Williams was this past week. After a tough outing against the Bears in Week 1, Jones showed he can excel against top run defenses with this big performance against the Vikings. The Packers offensive line also proved they can hang with tough competition as they blocked very well for Jones throughout the afternoon. The only spot to watch will be at left tackle, as David Bakhtiari did look sluggish in pass protection last week, which could be due to lingering back issues that have kept him limited in practice. He is not on the injury report, but keep an eye on it as the outlook of this Packers rushing offense would change with Bakhtiari's absence. The Broncos run defense had a bounceback game last week as they held Bears running backs to 71 rushing yards on 25 attempts. While they have allowed three rushing touchdowns to start the season, this defense has been relatively efficient against the run. They are giving up an average of just 3.4 rushing yards per attempt to running backs--ranking them eighth in the league by that metric. Von Miller has led the charge for this defensive line. Despite his struggles rushing the passer, Miller has made a number of big plays against the run. DeMarcus Walker has also looked good on the interior of this line. The Broncos do have some vulnerabilities on the edges and at safety, as their defensive backs have not tackled well to start the season. When runners can get to the edges quickly to force the secondary into making plays, they can find success--as displayed by Cordarrelle Patterson on a 46-yard run to the outside last week. The Packers do have strong run-blocking tackles to match up well against the talented Broncos edge defenders, and Aaron Jones has the speed to quickly make it into the secondary. The Broncos will need their secondary and linebackers to step up in this one, as the Packers get the nod in the trenches.

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

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Schedule

3vs Denver Broncos
4vs Philadelphia Eagles
5@ Dallas Cowboys
6vs Detroit Lions
7vs Oakland Raiders
8@ Kansas City Chiefs
9@ Los Angeles Chargers
10vs Carolina Panthers
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ San Francisco 49ers
13@ New York Giants
14vs Washington Redskins
15vs Chicago Bears
16@ Minnesota Vikings
17@ Detroit Lions