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Green Bay Packers 5 Keys To Victory Against Indianapolis Colts

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Green Bay Packers 5 Keys To Victory Against Indianapolis Colts

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Mary Langenfeld-US PRESSWIRE

The Green Bay Packers (2-2) will take on the Indianapolis Colts (1-2) 1:00 PM ET on FOX. The Packers are coming off a thrilling victory over the New Orleans Saints (0-4) in which they won 28-27 after a missed field goal. The game should have never been as close as the score indicated considering the regular referees blew a few calls.

Meanwhile, Indianapolis got an extra week to prepare for Green Bay due to them being one of the first teams to receive a bye this season. Despite the extra time to game plan, I fully expect the Packers to blow the Colts out of the water. This should be nothing more than a boost of confidence for Green Bay before they take on the currently undefeated Houston Texans on Sunday Night Football.

Of course, Indianapolis has a completely different idea. The Colts want nothing more than to upset the Packers and hand head coach Chuck Pagano the game ball.

“I know in meeting with the team, in meeting with the coaches, there's nothing more than we want to get that Green Bay game ball and have a victory game ball and be able to walk that into the hospital and put that in his hands,” owner Jim Irsay said. “That's our goal.”

Green Bay’s offense finally started clicking last week against New Orleans, which means the Colts are going to have their hands full if they want to rip the game ball away from the Packers. The following slides are five keys to victory for Green Bay against Indianapolis.

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Force Andrew Luck to Make Rookie Mistakes

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Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

Andrew Luck may have been the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, but he is still a rookie who is prone to making mistakes. The Packers’ defense is known for taking the ball away but lately they have been unable to do that. It is certainly time to start making their quota and collect a few interceptions from Luck. Expect Green Bay’s defensive coordinator Dom Capers to give Luck several confusing looks that will force him to fit the ball into tight places.

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Shut Down Reggie Wayne

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Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Luck is very fond of wide receiver Reggie Wayne and thus has targeted him 40 times this season. Wayne has hauled in 23 receptions for 294 yards and a touchdown, including five plays of over 20-plus yards. After surrendering 446 passing yards to Drew Brees last week, I would imagine Luck is going to heave a few long balls just to see what will happen against Green Bay’s secondary. The Packers must shut down Wayne and force Luck to go elsewhere with the football.

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Get in an Early Offensive Groove

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Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE

Green Bay got off to a relatively hot start against New Orleans and would like nothing more than to do the same against Indianapolis. If the Packers can get in to an early offensive groove and put up a few touchdowns in the first half, the Colts will have an awfully hard time to come back considering their offense is not built to overcome big leads. Not to mention, once Aaron Rodgers and the No. 1 receiving corps in the league get in a groove it always seems to be game over for the opposing team.

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Take Chances Downfield

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Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE

The Packers have been one of the top downfield passing teams in the NFL for the past few years, but have been unable to do so this season. Green Bay has only 10 plays that went for 20-plus yards and one play that went for more than 40. This is something the Packers must improve on this season and the Colts are a good team to practice against as they have surrendered 231.3 yards per game.

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Feed Cedric Benson the Ball

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Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Green Bay ranks 25th in the league in rushing yards per game (84.3) and must figure out a way to get Cedric Benson more involved. Benson has rushed 64 times for 228 yards and one touchdown so far this year. That equals out to 3.6 yards per carry and 57.0 yards per game. The Packers must feed him the ball more as the more carries he gets the more likely he will finally break open a run or have a breakout game. The Colts have averaged 131.3 rushing yards in three games this season so they are more than capable of allowing big gains against them.