The 3rd Man In

Packers vs. Jaguars: Preview and Prediction

When: Noon Sunday
Where: EverBank Field – Jacksonville, Fla.
TV: Fox
Series: Packers lead, 3-2
Line: Packers by 5 1/2
Weather: Low 90s, partly cloudy

Regular season football is finally here, and the Green Bay Packers will open the year on the road, as they face the up-and-coming Jacksonville Jaguars.

Although the Jaguars went 5-11 a year ago, this won’t be an easy game for the Packers. Not only will the Packers have to deal with the scorching Florida heat, with an estimated high of 92 degrees in Jacksonville, but they’ll also have to face a young team with a chip on their shoulder.

Expectations are high for the Jags this season as they feature a talented defense and a dynamic offense led by third-year quarterback Blake Bortles and wide receiver Allen Robinson.

With Aaron Rodgers at quarterback and the return of WR Jordy Nelson from injury, the Packers should have one of the league’s most explosive offenses this season.

The Packers need to establish the run early and control the time of possession if they want to start off the season with a victory. But, if the Jags defense can step up and slow down the Pack, it will be a different story.

This game will be close, but the Packers should find a way to squeeze out a victory.

Prediction: Packers 31, Jaguars 24

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