The Green Bay Packers snapped a four game losing streak in a win against the Philadelphia Eagles last week. During said streak, the media and fans alike have put all of the blame on quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He has thrown touchdowns over the last five games. The real problem is the defense.
Defense is the Green Bay Packers Problem
The defense have given up 166 points over the last five games, which is an average of 41.5 points per game. A successful defense is key for a team to win. When a defense is struggling like Green Bay’s defense has, its not easy to pull out victories.
It’s a total surprise that the defense is playing this way. Especially, considering they have star players on that side of the ball, such as Clay Matthews, Ha ha Clinton-Dix, and a sack machine in Julius Peppers. Cornerback Sam Shields may be on season-ending injured reserve, but that’s not an excuse for the lack of defense. Matthews, Clinton-Dix and Peppers are still on the field. They should be able to help the defense play to the level seen in previous seasons.
Rodgers has recently said that the Packers could run the table. This team won’t be able to run the table with the defense playing this way. The guys on the opposite side of the ball need to improve and become better. Rodgers can make the plays on offense, but he needs the defense to back him up.
Can the Pack Run the Table?
Let’s look at a few of the games still remaining on the Packers schedule. This week, they host the Houston Texans. They also play the Seattle Seahawks and still have to play each of their division rivals one more time as well.
From the looks of that schedule and with the current state of the defense, it doesn’t look like they could “run the table.” It looks as if they will finish their final five games with a 2-3 or possibly 1-4 record instead. If they are not a playoff team, the defense will be to blame, not Aaron Rodgers.