Starter Pack: Expert picks

A roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.

In Week 1, ESPN’s panel of experts charged with picking NFL games all had the San Francisco 49ers beating the Packers.

And the panel was correct.

In Week 2, 12 of the 13 on the panel picked the Packers to beat the Washington Redskins, and the majority was correct.

This week, however, the experts are slightly more divided on the Packers for Sunday’s game at Cincinnati. Nine picked the Packers, and four picked the Bengals.

My prediction on the game will posted in a few hours as part of our "Double Coverage" feature.


  • Thanks to some research from our friends at ESPN Stats & Information, we were able to put into perspective just what it would mean if the Packers ended up with three 1,000-yard receivers like James Jones said was possible. After two weeks, Jones, Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson all are on pace for 1,000 yards, while tight end Jermichael Finely is close.

  • Also, the Packers could be thin at running back on Sunday if Eddie Lacy (concussion) and John Kuhn (hamstring) don’t play. The details are in the daily injury report. Plus here's a look at how the upcoming bye might affect decisions to use certain players this week.

  • In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Weston Hodkiewicz detailed the unusual makeup of the offensive line, which is one of the smallest in the NFL.

  • In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tom Silverstein said that Job 1 of the running backs is pass protection

  • At ESPNWisconsin.com, Jason Wilde looked at the improved play of Finley.