2. Force turnovers on defense
Green Bay currently leads the NFL in turnover differential at +16. This is in part due to the offense’s great ability to protect the ball with a league-low 10 giveaways. But Joe Barry’s defense has also come up big throughout the season, forcing an impressive 26 turnovers including 18 interceptions.
This defense has also found ways to make these big plays at crucial moments. Hello, Rasul Douglas.
Douglas has made game-winning plays throughout the year, such as an interception in the end zone against the Arizona Cardinals that turned a potential defeat into a win, and also his game-clinching pick against the Cleveland Browns on Christmas Day.
Douglas has been phenomenal with five interceptions in 11 games, two of which he has returned for touchdowns. Chandon Sullivan, De’Vondre Campbell, Darnell Savage, and Adrian Amos all have multiple interceptions this season. Now imagine Jaire Alexander is able to return in the playoffs.
Green Bay’s defense can give up yards. It’s far from a perfect unit.
But when it comes to close games in the playoffs, this unit’s biggest strength could prove to be game-winning. If they can continue to find ways to steal possessions and force turnovers, the Packers are going to have a very strong chance to win it all.