By most assessments, the Green Bay Packers have performed at a middling level during the first quarter of the NFL season. Their 2-2 record neatly aligns with this evaluation.
This situates the Packers in a position ripe for improvement as they return from a brief respite, following their disheartening Week 4 loss to the Detroit Lions on Thursday Night Football. It’s a fortunate turn of events that affords the Packers several additional days of rest before their matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday Night Football, followed by a well-timed bye week.
This extended break presents an abundance of opportunities for the Packers to refine their game and build upon the foundation they’ve established thus far in the season. Here are five key areas demanding their attention and improvement.
The Green Bay Packers have five key areas they must improve following the completion of the first four games of the NFL season.
Packers Weaknesses: Forcing Turnovers
In theory, Green Bay possesses the personnel capable of wreaking havoc in the opposing team’s backfield, applying relentless pressure on quarterbacks and creating opportunities for their supposedly aggressive secondary to capitalize on errant throws. The front seven, led by stalwarts like Rashan Gary, Kenny Clark, Devonte Wyatt, and Preston Smith, has largely upheld their end of the bargain, consistently pressuring quarterbacks on nearly 13 percent of their dropbacks, a figure that places them fourth in the NFL.
However, there’s a glaring discrepancy when it comes to translating this pressure into tangible results. The Packers have managed to muster only four takeaways, a figure that leaves them languishing in the bottom third of the league. This issue becomes particularly vexing when it frequently leaves their youthful offense with a lengthy field to march down. To truly fulfill their defensive potential, the Packers must strive for more game-altering plays, especially in the form of takeaways.