3 things the Packers must fix entering Week 4 vs. Patriots

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Despite winning their previous two games, there are still areas where the Green Bay Packers can improve.

The Green Bay Packers responded well from their season opener, winning two in a row, including a tough road game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic.

Green Bay’s defense looks dominant, the special teams massively improved, and the offense has shown signs of its potential.

However, entering Week 4, there are still some areas the Packers need to fix. Let’s take a look.

3. Packers need to start faster on defense

It may seem a little harsh to begin with the defense considering how well they have played this season.

The Packers have looked every bit as good as we hoped defensively, allowing just 15 points per game, which ranks sixth in the NFL. They held the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to 12 points and the Chicago Bears to 10.

But there’s one area they can improve, and that’s on the opening possession.

Despite playing great defense overall, Green Bay has started each game slowly.

Joe Barry’s unit gave up touchdowns on the opening possession against both the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears, then a field goal against the Buccaneers. Minnesota and Chicago made it look easy, marching down the field before finding the end zone.

The defense gets better following the opening drive, but it’s not ideal to allow points early in the game.

On Sunday against the New England Patriots, it would be great to see the Packers set the tone defensively from the first drive.