What must the Green Bay Packers address during their Week 14 bye?
And relax. The Green Bay Packers finally arrive at their much-needed bye week.
The Packers turned down the opportunity to have their bye following their London game in Week 6. In hindsight, they probably should’ve taken it.
Nevertheless, they now get to enjoy their week off. An opportunity to rest, but also self-scout and make adjustments ahead of the final four games of the regular season.
Following their victory over the Chicago Bears, the Packers remain alive in the playoff race. Just.
They need to make some adjustments over the bye to have a shot at running the table. What four things do they need to address?
During Aaron Rodgers’ career, Green Bay usually ranks near the top of the league for turnover differential.
Rodgers rarely throws picks, while the defense often comes up with some key takeaways, giving Green Bay a positive turnover differential.
That hasn’t been the case this season.
The Packers enter their bye week with a turnover differential of -2. The defense has come up with 15 takeaways, tied for 10th in the league, but Green Bay has turned the ball over 17 times, tied for sixth-most.
Under Matt LaFleur, the Packers had never turned the ball over more than 13 times prior to this season.
Rodgers has thrown nine interceptions this year, his most since 2010. It has been over a decade since his last double-digit-interception season. He is only one away.
On Sunday, the Packers showed the importance of turnover differential. They protected the football offensively while forcing three turnovers against the Bears. It led to a victory.
Green Bay needs to build on that after the bye.