Packers vs. Broncos: Performances to watch

WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling
WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling

GREEN BAY – The Broncos are visiting Lambeau Field for the first time since 2011, and the Packers are looking for just their second 3-0 start since that same year.

Here are five performances to watch.

1. Who’s next?: After a tough slog on offense in Week 1, the Packers got their first two 100-yard performances of 2019 in Week 2 from Aaron Jones in rushing and Davante Adams in receiving. Diversifying big individual performances could go a long way for the offense, so who’s next? Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Geronimo Allison and Jamaal Williams are the top candidates.

2. First start: Rookie second-round draft pick Elgton Jenkins is slated to make his first NFL start at left guard. Veteran Lane Taylor (biceps) is out, and the starting spot has been an open competition since the start of training camp and into the regular season, with the two players rotating in and out thus far.

3. Keeping the shutouts: Through two games, the Broncos’ defense has no sacks and no turnovers, which is hard to believe given it’s a Vic Fangio defense with Von Miller and Bradley Chubb on the edges. As always, it falls on Bryan Bulaga and David Bakhtiari to handle yet another pair of top-flight pass rushers as the Packers look to keep the Broncos from getting any tallies in those key categories.

4. More in the trenches: Miller and Chubb get all the attention, but don’t sleep on Denver’s Derek Wolfe. He’s one of the highest-paid interior defensive linemen in the league, and it’s possible Corey Linsley, Billy Turner, or Jenkins could all have to match up with him at some point. On the flip side, Broncos LT Garrett Bolles has been flagged five times for holding in the first two weeks. Za’Darius and Preston Smith most certainly have seen the film.

5. New opportunities: With the trade of Trevor Davis this week, it appears the Packers are putting their return game in the hands of Darrius Shepherd and newcomer Tremon Smith. Gunner on the punt team has been a rotation already anyway, so perhaps a stalwart will eventually emerge.

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