The Best Defense is a Good Offense

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Aaron Rodgers INTs Training CampThe Packers host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night and the stakes have been raised by the loss of each of the other three teams in the division plus a Seahawks in-division loss against the Rams. Packernation knows that the performance of the defense against the Bears will likely not be enough to get the job done against the Seahawks.

The Packers put Sam Barrington on IR yesterday which means that the inside linebacker position will be even more in flux as the season progresses. Now, Clay Matthews will be more locked in to that position which means it will be easier to game plan for him. The middle of the field looks like it is going to be soft for the duration…at least half of the inside when Matthews is there. The Packers cannot be happy with where their run defense or pass defense is at right now. Matt Forte had a heyday to the tune of 141 yards.
 



The Seahawks are striving to give Marshawn Lynch more opportunities to catch the ball out of the backfield which doesn’t bode well for a Packers defense that stacked the box against Forte and couldn’t stop the run or sniff out a screen. Sam Shields made an adjustment the second time Matt Forte ran the play that would have gotten him a touchdown (if he had held onto the ball) so some learning is taking place. But I just don’t think the Packers’ defense is at the same point they were when they faced the Seahawks at the end of last year. They played a great game against Wilson and Co. though it was not enough in the end.

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The return of Datone Jones will help the rotation on the defensive line but again, the writing is on the wall…we couldn’t stop Forte and Bennett…how will we stop Lynch and Graham? I suggest that this week, the best defense is a good offense.

The Packers saw success on defense when the offense extended drives. We have seen in the past that the Packers Tim Masthay Punter Packersoffense needs to extend drives to keep the defense off the field for enough time that they can get ready for the next series. This element of the game will be particularly important on Sunday. And one thing is for sure…we do NOT want to punt the ball to Tyler Lockett.

One noticeable difference in the Packers’ offense last Sunday was that without Jordy Nelson and with Cobb at less than 100%, the Packers cannot stretch the field. This will be fine as the Packers take a more traditional approach to the West Coast offense and mix in a good bit of Eddie Lacy. And while I do hope the Packers stretch the field once again by giving Jeff Janis a chance to get on the field, I hope it is not in this game.
 



Aaron Rodgers is money at Lambeau. He didn’t have an interception there all last season. And with James Jones back on the field for the Pack, and presumably Randall Cobb feeling a bit better, the offense should be able to move the ball against a difficult Seattle defense.

The ability of the offense to extend drives is going to be critical if the Packers want to take their home opener and start the year 2-0.

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

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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