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Green Bay Packers: Will Detroit respect the run game?


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Coming off a big win against the NFC North Chicago Bears, the Detroit Lions will march into Lambeau Field where they haven’t won a game against the Green Bay Packers in 22 years.

But don’t let that statistic make you think this will be a cakewalk. Two weeks ago, the Lions beat the Washington Redskins on the road where they had never won.

How then will the Lions break the losing streak in Green Bay?

If the Detroit Lions load the box, Aaron Rodgers may have a field day. Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports photograph

To do it, they will have to have a plan.

Over the past few season, teams have played the Packers one way. Teams typically played both safeties deep to limit deep throws made by Aaron Rodgers.  This week Jim Schwartz stated that, “They’ve been a little bit one-dimensional over the years.”  Schwartz then acknowledged the talent that the Packers have put in the backfield.

How then will Detroit play the Packers?

Through three games, the Packers rank second in the NFL in yards per carry (5.3).

Detroit is currently twentieth in the league at defending the rush. Can we expect them to load the box against the Packers to slow down this rush? So far, we haven’t seen this from teams playing the Packers. If they do this, they are giving Rodgers the ability to hit receivers down the field.

I wouldn’t want to be the Detroit defense this Sunday. With Eddie Lacy coming back and Johnathan Franklin as another threat, Detroit will have its hand full on the ground as well as in the air.

This may be the game where opposing teams start to once again respect the Packers’ run game.

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