Starter Pack: Expert nail Packers' picks

October, 18, 2013
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A roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.

Everywhere you look, you can find predictions on NFL games.

How do you know who to trust?

When it comes to picking the Packers, our ESPN Panel of experts has fared quite well.

Only one time this season did the majority decision on how the Packers would do turn out to be wrong. That was in Week 3, when the Packers lost at Cincinnati. Nine of the 13 experts picked the Packers.

In Week 1, all 13 picked the San Francisco 49ers. Sure enough, the Packers went West and lost.

In Week 2, 12 of the 13 picked the Packers over the Washington Redskins, and sure enough the Packers defended their home turf.

Following the Week 4 bye, all 13 picked the Packers over the Detroit Lions in Week 5, and sure enough the Packers prevailed for 23rd straight time against the Lions in the state of Wisconsin.

Even last week, nine of the 13 picked the Packers to win at the Baltimore Ravens, and sure enough the Packers beat the defending Super Bowl champs.

This week, all but one has picked the Packers to beat the Cleveland Browns.

It’s a good thing the powers that be at company headquarters don’t include the individual team reporters in those picks, given that my record picking the Packers this year is an unimpressive 3-2. I wrongly picked the Packers to beat the Bengals and to lose to the Ravens.

That said, my pick this week will be included in our “Double Coverage” preview package, which will be posted at noon. The preview package is always a highlight of the week. My prediction, not as much.

Elsewhere:
  • On the ESPN.com Packers page, you can find a look at how tight end Jermichael Finley’s role might change now that receiver Randall Cobb is out at least eight weeks with a fractured fibula. Also, quarterback Aaron Rodgers is in the midst of a rare touchdown pass slump. But that’s about the only thing he’s not doing well right now. And the Packers have so many injuries that they might have trouble filling out their 46-man, game-day roster on Sunday.
  • In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Weston Hodkiewicz wrote that rookie Eddie Lacy has been “the crown jewel of the (Packers) revamped running game," and Pete Dougherty detailed tackle Derek Sherrod’s first full day of practice in pads since he broke his leg nearly two years ago.
  • In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tom Silverstein wrote that without Cobb, Finley could become the focus of opposing defenses once again.

Rob Demovsky

ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter

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