Hot Read: Waited…And Saw

Posted by  Brady Augustine   in       2 years ago     90 Views     1 Comment  

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Julius Peppers 2014 Training CampThe Packers’ 38-28 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs proved something to me. We all know that Aaron Rodgers is the best in the business. We all know that the Packers’ receiver corps…even banged up…is still better than many in this game. But if you were like me, you wanted to see how the defense would perform, particularly against another great running back in Jamaal Charles. The Packers had allowed Matt Forte to run up 141 yards and a long of 23, then against the Seahawks, they turned it around, holding Marshawn Lynch to just 41 yards. So I was taking a “wait and see” approach.

While the Packers allowed Jamaal Charles into the endzone 3 times, two of those scores came in the fourth quarter. I’m not sure I would call it “garbage time” but the Packers held Charles to 49 yards on 11 carries. This is what I wanted to see and did not expect. I thought that if the Packers could hold Charles under 100 yards, that they would win the game but the defense did one better than that. We polled Packernation the week before the game and the rest of Packernation tended to agree with 78% of respondents saying that Charles would get in the 50-100 yard range. Only 13% thought the Packers would hold him to 50 or less yards. Well, the believers prevailed and the Packers defense delivered in that category.
 


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At the same time, one has to wonder if the Chiefs would have fared better if they had run Charles more. After all, he got in the endzone 3 times. I think the fast start that the Packers got off to forced the Chiefs to throw the ball (Charles was also the third leading receiver with 5 catches for 33 yards and a long of 13) and only allowed them to close out drives with Jamaal Charles, which worked to the tune of 28 points but was not enough against the Aaron Rodgers led offense. And though the strength of the Kansas City team is its defense, remember this is a team who scored 27 points against the Texans and 24 against the Broncos in a game that they should have won.

So the Packers’ defense continues to improve in the number of yards it gives up against very good NFL running backs. The points against could be better but if this defense can hold high scoring offenses to the low twenties, the Packers’ offense will often score enough to win the game. If the defense can stay healthy, it can improve on those numbers, like it did last year. And if the defense improves…watch out NFL.
 


Go Pack!

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Brady Augustine is co-owner and content creator for www.greenbaypackernation.com. He currently resides in Tennessee and also conspires with brother, JR on www.cheesnewswire.com

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