4) In the past, the Packers have struggled to contain “the beast” Adrian Peterson. Do you think he’ll have a big game against Green Bay this week?
If the Packers defense can hold Peterson under 120 yards rushing, I’ll be happy. They just need to prevent him from having that dominant performance. He had games of 210 and 199 rushing yards last season against Green Bay. These were definitely killers for the Packers defense.
However, this season Green Bay has really improved their run defense. They’re ranked third in the league and have only allowed 79 yards rushing a game so far this season. This is a big improvement from the 118.5 yards a game they allowed last year. I’m sure their defensive rankings will slip a bit after facing Peterson this week, but they have to just keep him from really impacting the game.
This is not an easy task for anyone. Containing Peterson will be the Packers number one goal this Sunday night. We’ll see how well their newly revived run defense holds up against one of the most talented backs the NFL’s seen in recent memory.