The Green Bay Packers suffered a heavy loss to the Detroit Lions last week, but they have had time to reflect and learn. Performances like that can happen, especially with such a young team.
Head coach Matt LaFleur must make necessary changes to avoid a similar outcome against the Las Vegas Raiders. While the Raiders have made a poor start to the season, they can hurt the Packers. Josh Jacobs led the NFL in rushing a year ago, and he will dominate if Green Bay's run defense doesn't step up. We all know what Davante Adams can do.
The Raiders don't present the same challenge as the Lions, but this game is on the road and far from easy for the Packers. Play like they did last week, and they will lose their second game in a row. LaFleur needs to ensure these moves are made to avoid disaster on Monday Night Football.
3. Packers must stack the box
Las Vegas has struggled to run the ball this season. No team is averaging fewer rushing yards per game than the Raiders. However, if ever there was a get-right game, it's against the Packers. Green Bay has given up 200+ rushing yards in two of its past three games. Josh Jacobs could dominate if defensive coordinator Joe Barry doesn't make changes.
Barry didn't do enough to help his players last week against the Lions. The Packers had their nickel defense with two defensive linemen on the field while the Lions had the ball at Green Bay's two-yard line. Anyone could've predicted a run. Lions offensive linemen outnumbered Packers defenders, and David Montgomery strolled into the end zone for the easiest touchdown run he'll have all season.
That can't happen this week. LaFleur spoke about needing to make changes to stop the run. The Packers must take more risks schematically to ensure Jacobs can't get going in this matchup. Dare the Raiders to throw the football and don't allow them to run all day long.