It’s simple really. The Packers need to run the ball early and often today against the Raiders and make sure to get pressure on Derek Carr.
Khalil Mack is a monster. The second year edge rusher leads the league in sacks with 14 in just 13 games. Five of them came in last weeks upset of the Denver Broncos.
This could be a problem for Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari who has been consistently beaten this year and leads the Packers in penalties.
If the Packers offense plans to have any success against the Raiders they are going to have to find a way to contain Mack, by running draws with Eddie Lacy, and setting up screens for James Stark to the right side.
Also, if the Packers plan to pass the ball at all they are going to have to leave an extra back or tight end on the right side to help Bakhtiari keep Rodgers upright long enough to deliver the ball.
Ironically, the Packers best games this year have come when they run a ball control type offense, and allow Aaron Rodgers to be more of a glorified game manager.
This is exactly the type of strategy the Packers should try to use today against the Raiders.
With Sam Shields out for the game with a concussion, the Packers are going to be relying on a couple of rookie corners to contain two very dynamic receivers for the Raiders, in Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.
Even though Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins have proven up to the task of covering some of the league’s top receivers, they are going to need the guys up front to get pressure on Derek Carr and not allow him to get comfortable in the pocket.
If they can accomplish these few goals, it should be a fairly easy win for the Pack as they build momentum for the playoffs.