Now that we've learned that Manning had two knee operations this offseason, it's easy to see why he got off to such a slow start. But he's back in rare form now, as evidenced by last week's 31-3 win over Baltimore when he threw for 271 yards and three TDs. The Packers rank seventh against the pass and lead the NFL with 11 interceptions, but Manning will find a way to carve up the Pack at Lambeau Field if the Packers fail to get a pass rush on him as expected.
With sidelined with a hamstring injury and Mike Hart out with a knee injury, the running load falls in the hands of Rhodes for Week 7. He came through last week with 73 yards and a TD against Baltimore and could start this week. The Packers rank 27th vs. the run and allow 5.1 yards per carry, so whoever carries the rock this week will have pretty good success, even though the Colts rank dead last in rushing offense. The bet here is that it will be Rhodes.
Wayne will be matched up with CB Charles Woodson this week, which should be a classic matchup of All-Pros. But Wayne is too tough to stop with just one defender when Manning has time and he will have plenty of time this week. Wayne now has a TD catch in four of the first five games and topped the 100-yard mark for the first time last week when he had eight catches for 118 yards and a TD. Look for another big week against the Packers.
Harrison had his first multi-TD game of the year in Week 6, catching three passes against Baltimore for 83 yards and two TDs. He will be matched up against CB Travon Williams this week and should teach the youngster a few lessons. Look for another good week from Harrison, whose knee hasn't been a problem thus far.
Gonzalez has been a non-factor since his big Week 2 outing when he had nine catches for 137 yards. He still doesn't have a TD catch this year and in the last three games he has only seven catches for 73 yards. He should have more success against the Packers, who are banged up in the secondary once again.
The Packers have done a better job covering tight ends this year, but Clark should still have a banner game against the Pack this week. He still doesn't have a TD catch this year after registering 11 TDs last year, but that should change this week at Lambeau Field.
Rodgers didn't throw at all during practice last week for the second straight week and still was fantastic on game day. Rodgers completed 21-of-30 passes last week at Seattle for 208 yards and two TDs and he even ran for 23 yards and a TD. It was his second straight week with three TDs. Now he faces a Colts' passing defense that ranks sixth and has allowed just one TD pass all year, but somehow he will find a way to get it done as the Packers fall behind early.
The Packers did everything they could to get the running game started again last week at Seattle, even giving Grant a career-high 33 carries. He finished with 90 yards and averaged just 2.7 yards per carry, but it was enough for the Packers to control the clock for over 37 minutes. The Colts rank 29th vs. the run and allow 4.6 yards per carry, so look for the Packers to feature Grant again with 20-plus carries as he finds the end zone for the first time this year.
Jennings leads the NFL in passing yards with 653 through six games and is averaging over 19 yards a catch on 34 catches. He scored for the the third straight week against Seattle, breaking the game open with a 45-yard TD strike in the third quarter. He has had four or more catches in every game this year and has four TD catches in his last three games. The Colts rank sixth vs. the pass, but Jennings will find a way to score again this week.
Driver had six catches for 53 yards last week at Seattle as he kept the chains moving with several key third down receptions. He's no longer the breakaway target on this team, but he's solid in Point-Per-Reception fantasy leagues as he has 24 catches in six games. Expect similar results this week as the Packers try to control the clock and keep the ball out of Manning's hands.
Jones still hobbled with a knee injury, rookie WR Jordy Nelson has taken over the No. 3 WR role and has done a solid job, catching four passes in three of the last four games. He had four catches last week at Seattle for 42 yards and will play a similar role this week against the Colts.
One week after employing two-tight end sets often against Atlanta, the Packers rarely threw to the tight ends last week as Lee had just two catches for nine yards and Tory Humphrey didn't have a single catch. It's tough to play either tight end this week as the Packers will try to run the ball more than they'll pass it.
After not having a QB sack for 10 straight quarters, the Packers finally got to the QB three times last week. Getting any pressure on Manning with a banged up front line will be tough for the Packers this week.