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The Green Bay Packers Offense is Their Defense

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The Green Bay Packers’ run defense showed against the Minnesota Vikings that they are a liability, so the Packers will have to take a page out of prior years that they have to rely on the offense to carry their defense.

The Green Bay Packers are coming off a shocking 26-22 loss to the Minnesota Vikings and the defense looked to be the major issue. The defense is ranked 15th in rushing yards allowed (119.0) and 19th in points allowed per game (26.7) coming off their game against Minnesota as they head into a matchup with the San Francisco 49ers.

The run defense showed against the Buccaneers and the Vikings that they are still a liability. Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has been called out in recent weeks with his defensive scheme. That scheme has shown defensive backs lined 10 yards deep on short-yardage situations, edge rusher Preston Smith playing out wide as a cornerback, and the lack of pressure on quarterbacks. 

These issues have cost the Packers games and it doesn’t look like the defense will be any help if the team wants to make a run for the Super Bowl. The Packers are accustomed to their defense holding them back throughout the Aaron Rodgers era, and it seems like they are going to have to rely on the offense once again. 

After scoring 22 points against the Vikings, the Packers are ranked fourth in points scored per game (31.6) and ninth in yards per game (394.6). In previous weeks, the Packers’ offense has gotten out to fast starts and two-possession leads. This forces opponents to stay away from the run and rely on the pass.

The Green Bay Packers are going to force opposing offenses to keep up with them. What happened with Minnesota? The Packers’ offense got going early but slowed down in the second half when the Vikings started to take advantage of the Packers’ weakness- their run defense.

At the end of the game, the defense started to get stops for the offense, but they pinned their offense against the wall and it was too late. However, the Packers’ offense was dealing with some injuries. The team hopes to have running back Aaron Jones and wide receiver Allen Lazard back on the field to help their offense. The defense is hoping to get back cornerback Kevin King and linebacker Christian Kirksey.

With the trade deadline today at 4:00 p.m. (CST), the Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst knows the offense needs more. The past week the Packers have been calling around the NFL for a chance to get a wide receiver. The most likely trade partner seems to be the Houston Texans for Will Fuller. 

With the attempt of adding a wide receiver for the Packers, on the Pat McAfee Show, ESPN reporter Adam Schefter believes the Green Bay Packers made a call to wide receiver Antonio Brown. There is no report that the Packers made an offer for Brown, but they wanted to check-in. 

After an embarrassing loss, the Packers need to regroup as they will take on the 49ers on Thursday night. This could be an opportunity for the Green Bay Packers’ defense to get revenge on Kyle Shanahan’s offense, or just another classic game where the team has to rely on the offense. 

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