Points could flow as superstar Aaron Rodgers returns to action
Sky Sports Action, 6pm Sunday
All eyes will be on Charlotte on Sunday where Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers is set to make his return from injury.
The Packers were 4-1 when Rodgers was injured at Minnesota in Week Six but they lost that game and four of their next five under back-up passer Brett Hundley.
Green Bay managed to keep their playoff hopes alive as Hundley rustled up wins over lowly Tampa Bay and Cleveland in the last two weeks but their reliance on the sublime skills of Rodgers has been cruelly exposed.
If he’s anything like his usual self, Rodgers has the weapons to play his part in a game that could feature more points than bookmakers expect.
Both teams are dealing with defensive injuries. Panthers QB Cam Newton should be able to get at Green Bay’s threadbare secondary – the Packers trailed 21-7 in the fourth quarter to the winless Browns last week – and a shootout could ensue.
Over 46.5 points
2pts 10-11 Coral, Ladbrokes
TV Sky Sports Action
Venue Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
Weather Mostly cloudy, 9C
Vegas handicap Green Bay +3
Vegas points line 47
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is set to return after mising eight weeks with a broken collarbone. Cornerback Davon House (shoulder) has been ruled out. Linebacker Nick Perry (foot) is hoping to return.
Linebacker Shaq Thompson (foot) and guard Trai Turner (concussion) have been ruled out. Offensive lineman Tyler Larsen (foot) is rated questionable. Wide receiver Devin Funchess is expected to play despite a shoulder injury.
The points total has gone over in nine of Green Bay’s last ten road games.
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