Winners of five straight games, the Green Bay Packers (5-1) head home to host the Washington Football Team at Lambeau Field.
During the winning streak, quarterback Aaron Rodgers has thrown for 1,303 yards, 12 touchdowns and one interception -- a passer rating of 116.6. Wideout Davante Adams has tallied triple-digit yards in three of those games and leads the NFL in receiving.
That ugly 38-3 loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week 1 seems like a distant memory.
Washington (2-4) has had its fair share of struggles on the field (not to mention off the field as well). The Football Team has surrendered 30+ points in four consecutive tilts and the most passing touchdowns in the league.
However, Sunday likely won’t be an easy stroll through the park for Green Bay.
Washington did own a lead at halftime last week against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. Plus, Green Bay’s secondary is beaten up with Jaire Alexander on injured reserve and Kevin King still dealing with shoulder injuries.
But is any NFL expert bold enough to predict the Packers to lose?
Here’s this week’s predictions from around the web:
Barry Wilner of the Associated Press: Packers 30, Washington 20.
Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times: Packers 27, Washington 20. “Washington stuck around with Kansas City for longer than many expected, and the banged-up Packers needed a little extra time to put away the Bears. Still, Green Bay is better team, and at home.”
NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal: Packers 37, Washington 20. “My picks have been mediocre this year -- except when I'm picking against the Washington Football Team. The memory of their 2020 defense and their scrappy national television games (the playoff loss to the Bucs last season, the win over the Giants on Thursday Night Football earlier this year) still seem to be influencing the point spread each week. The team on the field is lucky to be 2-4. Washington still hasn't solved the miscommunications in its secondary, and the banged-up offense just isn't talented enough to keep up. Both Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' defense get a little better each week and are primed for a blowout.”
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com: Packers 34, Washington 17. “Washington has major defensive issues, which is a surprise, but also not a good thing when facing Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau Field. Look for Rodgers and the Green Bay offense to again have a big day as Washington continues to be a major disappointment this season. Packers big.”
John Breech of CBSSports.com: Packers 31, Washington 20.
Jordan Dajani of CBSSports.com: Packers 30, Washington 21.
Will Brinson of CBSSports.com: Packers 24, Washington 20. “Aaron Rodgers just casually blasted the Bears and now he's at home against a horrific defense, but also has the undefeated Cardinals coming up on Thursday in Week 8. I know NFL teams don't have ‘lookahead’ spots in theory, but they know the schedule when there's a game at home and a short turnaround. That's part of the plan. Everyone is aware. The WFT offense has been really bad the last few weeks -- Taylor Heinicke is not the magic solution anyone was expecting on a full-time basis, it doesn't appear. But the difference between the Chiefs and Packers is Green Bay will get a shorter lead and leave someone in a game (see the Bears last week).”
Jonathan Jones of CBSSports.com: Packers.
Bill Bender of the Sporting News: Packers 31, Washington 24. “Washington has the league's worst-scoring defense, and they have given up 30 or more points in four straight games. That's bad news against Green Bay at home. The Packers are beat up in the secondary, and Washington can hang around longer than expected.”
Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News: Packers 34, Washington 17. “WFT hung around with the Chiefs early thanks to a couple fluky takeaways, but the Chiefs still pulled away in a second-half laugher. The Packers have been rolling since their annual meltdown game in Week 1 and there's nothing to suggest Washington's underachieving defense will slow down anything Aaron Rodgers wants to do. Taylor Heinicke is now in over his head and won't do nearly enough in catchup mode.”
The Miami Herald’s Greg Cote: Packers 30, Washington 17. “Can an evidently unwanted Tua Tagovailoa shake off the Deshaun Watson distraction and free his team from its loss-filled morass? Falcons' only wins are over the combined 2-9 Giants and Jets. And there are only two teams allowing more points per game than Miami. One is Atlanta. So why are the Falcons favored? Because Matt Ryan is still really good, gets WR Calvin Ridley back from injury and ... it’s Miami! Underpinning this upset pick: I believe the Fins are better than their record and will begin Sunday to show it.”
Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith and Mike Florio: MDS – Packers 35, Washington 21; Florio – Packers 31, Washington 17.
Josh Schrock of NBC Sports Bay Area: Packers 31, Washington 16. “Washington’s defensive struggles have been a major surprise this season. Aaron Rodgers will exploit a leaky secondary. This one isn’t particularly close.”
Ben Rolfe of Pro Football Network: Packers 28, Washington 21. “For a long time on Sunday, it looked like Washington was going to play the Chiefs close. However, once Patrick Mahomes clicked, the game got out of hand reasonably quickly. The Packers also made defeating the Bears look tough at times this week. Green Bay is the better team, but winning by 10 points seems like a lot to ask. A Packers victory by around a touchdown feels like the right result here.”
James Fragoza of Pro Football Network: Packers 34, Washington 17.
Gary Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Packers 34, Washington 21.
Don Brennan of the Toronto Sun: Packers 24, Washington 20.
Philly Voice’s Jimmy Kempski: Packers.
Ken Schott of The Daily Gazette: Packers 40, Washington 20.
Ross Jackson and Cameron LaFontaine of Locked On Podcast: Jackson – Packers 34, Washington 17; LaFontaine – Packers 31, Washington 26.
Joe DiTullio and Cecil J. Walker III of The Game Haus: DiTullio – Packers; Walker – Packers.
Bleacher Report staff: Packers 30, Washington 20.
All 10 analysts at ESPN pick the Packers.
All seven writers at USA Today predict a Packers victory.
All eight analysts at CBSSports.com take the Packers to win.
All four writers at Athlon Sports think the Packers will win.
All four analysts at SI.com are picking the Packers. (note: At the time of this writing, Albert Breer had no picks submitted.)