The Green Bay Packers have responded in a big way since their disappointing Week 1 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. They have won three games in a row since and will be looking to make that four against the New York Giants this weekend overseas in London.
This is the first time that the Packers will be playing outside of the country for a regular season game in the history of their storied franchise. They are the last team to play in London, as all 31 other teams have played there at least once since the league began their international series.
Not only is this a historic game for Green Bay, but it will be a first for fans in London as well. The matchup between the Packers and Giants will be the first that features two teams with winning records.
While New York has gotten very little positive news when it comes to injuries for this week’s game, the Packers have received plenty of good news. As they embark on their trip across the pond, Green Bay has removed three players from their injury report; cornerback Jaire Alexander and offensive tackles David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins are all set to play against the Giants in Week 5.
Safety Adrian Amos, who is dealing with a concussion, safety Tariq Carpenter, who has an abdomen injury and defensive end Devante Wyatt, who has a quadricep injury, are all questionable for the game.
Alexander is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL and getting him back is huge for a defense that struggled to slow down the New England Patriots and third-string quarterback, Bailey Zappe, last week. The Giants have an anemic passing offense and having Alexander in the mix should make things even easier for them.
Bakhtiari and Jenkins being back in the lineup is great news for Aaron Rodgers, who has been rather pedestrian thus far this season. It is hard enough developing chemistry with new pass catchers but it is made even more difficult when you don’t have time in the pocket to go through your progressions and make throws.