Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions: Five keys to watch
2.) Will the secondary be better with Morgan Burnett?
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Morgan Burnett will finally make his season debut after missing the first three games after a hamstring injury he suffered in training camp. The Packers’ secondary is in desperate need for its defensive leader in the secondary. Right now the Packers sport the NFL’s 13th best pass defense and that is with a bye week. The Packers are giving up, on average, 311 yards through the air per game. If you were to add that total to their 933 passing yards given up in three games this season, the Packers would have the NFL’s fifth worst pass defense.
Certainly the Packers have missed Casey Hayward and Burnett as both safeties Jerron McMillian and M.D. Jennings have struggled. Now with Burnett coming back, McMillian and Jennings can go back to their former roles, in which they are more comfortable, and allow Burnett to flourish.
Initially the Packers’ pass defense might not get better with Burnett, especially playing a very good offense like Detroit. However, once Burnett and Hayward get back 100 percent healthy, the Packers’ pass defense should be right on schedule.