Packernation Poll: Is it a Trend?

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The Packers’ defense held Marshawn Lynch to 41 yards last Sunday night. And the challenge will continue as Jamaal Charles comes to Lambeau for another primetime meeting Monday night. Charles had 125 yards on 21 carries for a 6.0 yard per carry average in the recent loss to the Denver Broncos, but Charles also had two critical fumbles in that game and the team eventually lost. The Packers’ defense is going to have a bead on Charles in this contest, knowing that even moreso than the Seahawks, the Chiefs’ offense requires a more than serviceable running game to be successful…in fact, it is built on a successful running game.

A great defense and running game is the Chiefs’ formula for winning football games. Alex Smith, former first overall draft choice of the 49’ers in 2005 (familiar?…thought so!) is 38 of 58 in passing for 434 yards and a 65.5% completion percentage with 3 touchdowns in the first two games of the season. This is serviceable but Smith is not the kind of quarterback that can take the whole team on his shoulders and carry them to victory. He’s no Aaron Rodgers. The Chiefs are going to rely on the run game as a very big part of their formula once again. They may try to throw over the box to loosen Green Bay up at times but they need Charles to be successful to win.
 


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So the question is…can the Packers defense take another step in becoming a dominant defense against the run? The game against Seattle was a great team effort but up against the Chicago game one has to wonder which identity defines the Packers run defense? Again I will say that part of the success of the Bears’ run game lies in the fact that Matt Forte is the most underrated running back in the league and can do it all. Lynch cannot. So that said, what kind of a day will Jamaal Charles have against the Packers defense? Let the world know what you think in the poll below:

 
 


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3 Comments

  1.   January 8, 2016, 4:25 pm

    Realistically, Washington hasn’t beaten a team with a winning record all season. I may be underestimating their talent, but my opinion is that they’re the weakest playoff team of both conferences. Their offense is decent, especially if Cousins is allowed to get into a rhythm and they have serious speed at WR. Their front 4 on D is good, but their secondary is full of holes.

    If Rodgers is to get on a roll, this is the team to do it against. Our passing game has responded well late in games against much better Ds than this with no run game. I still think we’ll struggle to run the ball with a banged up O-line and Lacy’s sore ribs. I would never suggest we don’t run at all, but running on 1st and 2nd down and consecutive 1st downs has hurt us all year long. I’d like to see a 75/25 pass/run ratio – including a few runs by Rodgers.

    So my best guess is that it comes down to 5 keys:
    Consistent pressure on Cousins
    Turnovers
    McCarthy’s play calling getting Rodgers into rhythm early with some timing routes and screens to RBs
    Not calling too many run plays which plays to the strength of Redskins’ D
    Rodgers playing well.

    I didn’t list our O-line playing well because Rodgers can overcome most of that when performing like he’s capable, and frankly, I’d prefer to see him tuck it and run to slow down the pass rush a bit. Go Pack go!

  2.   January 8, 2016, 3:12 pm

    Your dreaming if you think they are able to run the ball…….
    They don’t need bounces just a swift kick in the butt to Mc Carthy the play caller( joke)

    •   January 8, 2016, 3:42 pm

      You could be right Bill…I may be dreaming. But I think a bounce or two our way is more likely than anyone giving McCarthy a swift kick in the butt. At this point, I would be content to see some consistent individual wins that add up to an extended drive. 😀

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