Packers Defense is Terrible, But Aaron Rodgers is Not

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It’s no secret, the Green Bay Packers defense gives up a lot of points. Their horrendous play was on full display this Sunday, but it didn’t matter because their QB Aaron Rodgers is almost too good to be true.

Rodgers threw for another four touchdowns (24 on the season) to will the Packers to a 45-38 win over the San Diego Chargers. Green Bay remains as the NFL’s lone undefeated team at 8-0 and have scored over 24 points in every single game this season.

With what was supposed to be a tough road game for the Packers turned out to be a neutral-site barn-burner as the crowd appeared to be 50 percent Packers fans. The game contained 828 yards of total offense and a combined 6-for-6 conversion rate in the red-zone; it really was crazy.

We could keep talking about how Aaron Rodgers is on pace to break pretty much every single-season passing record or speculate about his future in Canton, but the Packers defense seems like a more pressing issue.

Feast or famine is the theme of Dom Capers crew this season. They thrive on turnovers and showed that early in the game when defensive backs Charlie Peprah and Tramon Williams both returned interceptions for touchdowns in the first quarter.

Even though the Packers keep out-scoring everyone no matter what happens on the defensive side, you would have to think there will be a time when the team meets a defense who learns how to slow them down. Take out the Chicago Bears and Green Bay has yet to play any teams with respectable defenses.

Detroit, Chicago and New York (Giants) are the three teams left on the Packers schedule where I would worry about the Packers running into a problem. If they can figure out how to pass-rush and stop the run, the Packers could go undefeated.

Next up are the Minnesota Vikings in the Packers’ only Monday Night game of the year. It will be very interesting to see how Vikings prepared to stop this explosive offense during their week nine bye.

What did you think of the Packers’ defensive performance on Sunday? Will it become a problem once they play a team who slows down the offense? Let me know by commenting below!

Nick Grays is a senior writer at the Sports Bank where he covers the Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers, and Milwaukee Brewers. He also enjoys to share Fantasy Advice from time-to-time. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here or visit his blog Nick Knows Best.

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  1. I have to agree with your article here. I don’t think that, and while he is proving me to be an idiot do far, Aaron Rodgers can continue to keep playing at the level he is week in and week out. I’d be happy if he does, but I think that the defense, which was so much better last year in comparison, had better get themselves together as the weather gets colder and the ball starts getting harder and harder to catch. I am enjoying the ride and hope it continues.

  2. When the score was 45 to 21 at about !! minutes left in 4th quarter, I saw several plays including the touchdowns where the corner dropped their man expecting safety help. Each time the safety was not where he was supposed to be. Weather he bit on fake, was confused on where to be, the corner turned around looking at the safety as if to say “where were you man”? The Chargers 1st touchdown it was clear that Tramon Williams dropped his man expecting his man to be picked up by safety. I think we’re seeing the importance that Nick Collins has in that secondary. The Packers also have no pass rush!! Everbody is doubleing Matthews! They need to get Mike Neal on the field and get their communication right in the secondary or it will be a short playoff run this year!!

  3. Nick Grays says

    I agree with both of you. I knew at the beginning of the season that it would be quite the task for the Packers to return to the Super Bowl. While they are the only undefeated team in the NFL, they are far from the most complete team.

    Nick Collins was a huge loss, many people forget that he was a Pro Bowl caliber player. Plus, people can now realize how good Cullin Jenkins was because the Packers have absolutely no pass rush from their defensive line.

    It’s not perfect on the offensive side either as Aaron Rodgers didn’t have a lot of time in the pocket. Teams such as the Detroit Lions or San Francisco 49ers could give the Packers a lot of problems because they have balance on both sides of the ball.

    The good part is that the Packers have a ton of time to work on these deficiencies and right the ship by the end of the season.

  4. I have been a Packers fan since I was ten years old. I have stuck with them through thick and thin, and I’m from Hawaii. But correct me if I’m wrong, everytime the Packers get a nice juicy lead in, or towards the 4th quarter, they play soft. And that is pretty scarry because it has bitten them in the ass on a few occasions. I think they should play the full 60 minutes like there is no tomorrow. Those last 2 touchdowns made by San Diego should not have happened!

  5. We won guys. That’s all that matters. Yes our Defense gives up a lot of yards, but we also lead the league in interceptions. Plus our Defense scored 14 points for us against San Diego. Ya, I know our Defense seems bad, but I really believe that we have players that step up and make huge plays when we need it. Hats off to Charlie Peprah in San Diego yesterday.

  6. Nick Grays says

    Luis – that’s my point about the team, yes they’re winning, but they might not be so lucky every-time. The fact remains that the San Diego Chargers had a chance to take the game into overtime, when in reality they shouldn’t have been in the game.

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