Without quarterback Aaron Rodgers to bail them out on a near-weekly basis, the Green Bay Packers’ defense will be under an even bigger microscope.
Their performance against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday left a lot to be desired, particularly in the second half. The pressure on Drew Brees was non-existent and the Saints could run and pass the ball down the field with ease.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said he was particularly “disgusted” with the second half performance. While that was likely targeted, fairly, at the entire team Dom Capers’ unit did no favors to an offense with a quarterback that was making his first career start.
The Packers are now on their bye and have almost two weeks to get ready for their November 6th home game against the Detroit Lions. Hopefully in this case time does heal because the defense’s pride is definitely wounded right now.
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It all begins with the pass rush in Capers’ 3-4 defense. If they can’t rush the passer, life gets a lot more difficult for a young secondary. Fixing this issue would go a long way towards helping the Packers stay afloat in Rodgers’ absence.
Hundley didn’t light the world on fire Sunday, but he also didn’t lose the game. He showed he can make plays with his legs and once he gets more experience in the passing game the Packers should be fine.
Don’t think that the emergence of Aaron Jones at running back means that Montgomery will be relegated to the bench. He only played seven snaps against the Saints, but McCarthy won’t write off his converted running back.
It’s a lofty comparison to make, but if anyone has the right to make it it’s Pederson who was Favre’s long time backup in Green Bay.
The Packers may or may not make Super Bowl LII, but they will have one of their most well known fans performing at the halftime show.