Three things the Packers must fix in Week 2 vs. Lions

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2. Stay committed to the run game

As we’ve seen before when the Packers fall behind in games, they abandoned the run.

Aaron Jones struggled to get anything going early on, but instead of staying committed on the ground, Green Bay turned away from it, becoming one-dimensional. The Saints played two-deep safety coverages often, leading to lighter boxes and inviting the Packers to run. It’s a recipe other teams have used to beat Green Bay in recent years.

With a rushing attack talented enough to punish defenses that give them light boxes, the Packers should remain committed to the ground game.

AJ Dillon looked good on his four carries last week, averaging 4.8 yards per attempt. For some reason, they didn’t stick with him. Whether it’s Matt LaFleur’s play-calling or Aaron Rodgers changing plays at the line, this offense needs to remain committed to the run game.

Opposing defenses will learn from how the Saints shut down the league’s top-scoring offense from 2020. And they will follow that formula until the Packers prove they can move the ball against it.

Expect the Lions to try a similar approach when the two teams meet on Monday night. If Detroit wants to give Green Bay light boxes, the path to success for this offense is clear.

Run. Run. Run.