3 reasons why the Packers will bounce back with win in Week 7

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1. Running backs will run wild on Houston

Aaron Jones couldn’t get it going against the Buccaneers. He managed just 15 yards on 10 carries, a 1.5 yards-per-carry average. Not great. As a team, the Packers had 94 yards on the ground, and 45 of those yards came on two carries; a 25-yard run by Jamaal Williams and a 20-yard run late in the game by AJ Dillon.

If you take out those two runs, the Packers ran the ball 19 times for 49 yards. That’s a pathetic 2.6 yards per carry. Gross.

Granted, the Packers haven’t played an opponent as good defensively as the Bucs are. I think their duo of Devin White and Lavonte David is one of, if not the best pair of linebackers in the league. White’s speed alone just killed the Packers. There were so many plays where a lane was open for the runner, and in an instant White was there filling it at the line of scrimmage and killing the play.

This week, the Packers get a much weaker opponent in terms of run defense. To put it nicely, the Texans are not good at stopping the run. They give up 177.5 yards per game on the ground and 5.4 yards per attempt, both are the worst in the league.

Granted, those numbers might be a bit blown up at the moment. Last week, Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans ran for 263 yards on the Texans, and 212 of those were Henry alone. But even before Henry didn’t go off on the Texans, they were still weak in defending the run.

Paul Bretl from Dairyland Express wrote about how the Packers’ running backs could go off this week.

As Paul mentions in his tweet, when the running game is going smoothly, the passing game usually comes right along with. If the Packers’ running backs can run free on Sunday, I would expect Rodgers to have a big game on Sunday as well.