1. Packers must fix run defense
The Packers fixed their pass defense in Week 2, but stopping the run remains a concern.
In the season opener, Green Bay allowed 126 yards rushing to Minnesota. The Vikings averaged 4.5 yards per attempt.
And it didn’t get any better against Chicago in Week 2. Bears running back David Montgomery rushed for 122 yards, averaging 8.1 yards per attempt. In total, Chicago had 180 yards and a touchdown on the ground, averaging 6.7 yards per carry.
For a defense with aspirations of finishing near the top of the rankings this season, that’s nowhere near good enough.
The Buccaneers will run the football on Sunday. They were limited on the ground in Week 2, but found success against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1, rushing for 152 yards at 4.6 yards per carry.
Tampa Bay could be without its top three wide receivers. Mike Evans is suspended, while Chris Godwin and Julio Jones are dealing with injuries.
Even more reason to lean on the ground game. The Packers can’t allow Leonard Fournette to take over the game.
Not just this week, but every game moving forward, teams will test the Packers’ run defense. Until they can stop the run, this defense will have a problem.
Green Bay’s run defense needs to be much better.