The Packers’ Run Defense Will Continue to Struggle
The Packers’ struggle to defend against the run has become a recurring theme over the years, and it’s been a challenge that no defensive coordinator seems to have fully addressed. Under Joe Barry’s leadership, the Packers ranked 28th in opponent yards per rush attempt in each of the past two seasons.
In their most recent game, the Packers faced some difficulties in tackling Justin Fields, allowing an average of 4.2 yards per rushing attempt. However, it’s worth noting that Fields possesses exceptional running abilities and isn’t a typical quarterback that the Packers will encounter every week. Of the Bears’ 122 rushing yards, Fields accounted for 59 of them on nine attempts, averaging an impressive 6.6 yards per carry. Excluding Fields, Chicago managed only 63 yards on 20 carries, resulting in a more modest 3.1-yard per carry average.
As the Packers prepare to face the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2, they will likely face a more conventional running game. However, there’s optimism that the Packers’ defensive line, which appears faster and more dominant, will lead the charge in a revamped effort to finally shore up their run defense.