1. Defending the run
It’s going to be interesting to watch Green Bay’s defense in the coming weeks to see what adjustments defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has made. Specifically, what changes have been made when defending the run? It’s going to be crucial in the final six weeks for the Packers to be much improved against opposing ground games.
Green Bay is currently 25th against the run entering Week 12. That won’t get it done against the best offenses in the league, especially in the playoffs.
In the coming six weeks, the Packers will face two of the top rushing offenses in the NFL. The 49ers average 149 yards on the ground a game, second-best in the NFL. The Vikings average 142 yards per game, good for third-best in the league. Dalvin Cook put up 154 yards and a touchdown in the Packers’ Week 2 meeting with the Vikings.
The Packers will also come up against Pro Bowl running back Saquon Barkley in Week 13. In only his second season, Barkley already has 1,709 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns in 23 games.
With six games to go, the Packers defense needs to improve against the run or they could fall short of their goal of securing one of the top two seeds in the NFC.