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The Jaguars had the worst offense in the league with running back Maurice Jones-Drew and quarterback Blaine Gabbert healthy. Now, Jones-Drew is out indefinitely because of a sprained left foot and Gabbert is going to try to play with an injured non-throwing shoulder.
Rashad Jennings ran 21 times for 44 yards and a touchdown in place of Jones-Drew last week in a loss to Oakland.
Jennings started the season opener at Minnesota following Jones-Drew’s lengthy holdout but injured his right knee early in the game and has played sparingly since. He will make his fifth career start Sunday.
Look for offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski to do some shuffling, using different formations or maybe a Wildcat scheme to give the Packers a different look. That might give an undermanned Jacksonville offense a chance to move the chains in hostile territory.
Last week, the Packers closed out their three-game road trip, the first time they had played three consecutive regular-season contests away from home since 1998, with a 30-20 win over St. Louis on Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome. It was the Rams’ first loss at home this season.
Green Bay’s .913 winning percentage (21-2) at home since Week 10 of 2009 ranks No. 2 in the league over that span behind only Baltimore’s .917 mark (22-2). The Packers have averaged 31.7 points per game at home since 2009, No. 1 in the league over that span. Green Bay has posted 30-plus points in 13 of 27 home games since ’09 and eight 40-point games.
This will be the fifth meeting all-time between Green Bay and Jacksonville, with the clubs splitting the first four games. The teams last squared off on Dec. 14, 2008, in Jacksonville, a game the Jaguars won, 20-16.
VEGASSPORTSBETTING ODDS: Packers -16 (45.5)
JAGUARS: Club will make 2nd appearance at Lambeau Field … On road in ’12, QB Blaine Gabbert has 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 98.4 passer rating. Has 135.6 rating on road in 4th quarter this season. QB Chad Henne posted 2 TDs vs. 1 INT & 82.3 ratingin only start vs. GB on 10/17/10 (w/ Mia.) …
RB Rashad Jennings totaled career-best 102 scrimmage yards last week (58 rec., 44 rush) … TE Marcedes Lewis has 19 career TD rec., most by TE in club history … WR Cecil Shorts posted 3rd TD rec. of season last week. Averages 23.7 yards per catch in ’12 (12 rec., 284 yards) … CB Rashean Mathis has franchise-record 30 career INTs. CB Derek Cox has INT in each of past 2 … DE Jeremy Mincey registered 1st sack of season last week…LB Paul Posluszny leads team with 51 tackles.
PACKERS: In past 2, QB Aaron Rodgers has completed 54 of 74 passes (73 percent) for 680 yards with 9 TDs & 0 INTs for 140.8 rating. Threw 150th career TD in 76th career game (now has 151), 2nd-fewest games of any player in NFL history to reach mark (Dan Marino, 62). Aims for 5th in row with 100 rating. Packers are 35-7 (.833) when he starts & has 100 rating … RB Alex Green aims for 4th in row with 60 scrimmage yards …
WR James Jones had 4 rec. for 132 yards (33 avg.) in only meeting. Leads teams with 7 TDs & needs 1 more for career high (7 in 2011). WR-PR-KR Randall Cobb is only player in NFL with 400 KR (409), 400 receiving (435), 150 PR (165) & 50 rush (67) yards. Had 8 catches for 89 yards & career-high 2 TD last week. WR Jordy Nelson has 5 TDs in past 4 … Since 2010 (incl. playoffs), CB Tramon Williams leads NFL with 15 INTs.
LB Clay Matthews has sack in 5 of past 7. Leads NFC with 9 sacks & needs 1 more for 3rd career 10 sack season (10 in 2009; 13.5 in 2010). Rookie CB Casey Hayward has 4 INTs in past 3 & aims for 4th in row with INT. Tied for 1st in NFL & leads all rookies with 4 INTs.
VEGAS TRENDS: Jaguars are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games. Jaguars are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games after accumulating less than 250 total yards in their previous game. Jaguars are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Jaguars are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games in October.
Jaguars are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss. Packers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win. Packers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win. Packers are 0-4 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.