Packers latest injury update could be huge advantage for Colts on Sunday
The Packers will face the Colts this week, but Davante Adams might not be 100%.
The Indianapolis Colts face arguably their toughest test of the season when the Green Bay Packers come to town on Sunday. The good news? Indy is coming off a victory over the Titans and have had 10 days of rest to prepare for Aaron Rodgers and Co.
This is by no means a must-win for the Colts, but if they could capture a statement victory over one of the Super Bowl favorites, their quest to win the AFC South will be much easier with Tennessee facing a Ravens team out for blood in Week 11.
And speaking of easier, if the Colts’ No. 1-ranked defense will be tasked with keeping a hobbled Davante Adams in check, the Packers’ offense could be in trouble.
Adams dealt with an ankle injury during last week’s win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He left the game, later returned, and then caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. His value to the offense is indescribable. If he’s out (or significantly limited with the ailment) the Colts’ secondary probably won’t have much of an issue keeping Marques Valdez-Scantling and Robert Tonyan in check.
The Packers shouldn’t be overlooked in any capacity because they’re as close as one can get to a complete football team, but most offenses out there would greatly suffer without arguably their best playmaker on the field.
Though Adams missed the team’s game against the Saints and Falcons, the Packers had Allen Lazard to lean on (he had a career game vs New Orleans) and, let’s face it, they could’ve been missed half their offense and still beaten Atlanta.
But this time around, Green Bay probably won’t have Lazard, either. He just got activated off the PUP, but it’s not clear if he’ll be thrust into game action right off the bat. The safe bet is that he’ll work back up to speed and then get unleashed down the stretch.
The Packers hold a two-game lead in the NFC North right now, so there’s not a grave sense of urgency.
Then again, we thought the Colts would be benefitting from the Ravens being without Ronnie Stanley and Marlon Humphrey, and we all saw how that turned out. Frank Reich needs to have this team prepared regardless of the circumstances, even though a banged-up Adams could put the Packers in a precarious situation.