Through three weeks, the Green Bay Packers’ defense carried the team. As the Packers got off to a 3-0 start, that unit was the driving force, sealing off victories with crucial sacks and turnovers in all three games.
And as the Packers prepared for their week four game against the Eagles last Thursday night, Packers fans were still feeling good about the team. However, over the week spanning the team’s week three victory over the Denver Broncos, the confidence level in APC’s FanPulse survey had increased just one point over the previous week, bumping up from 76 to 77 percent.
Here’s a look at the trend heading into week four:
Of course, the team’s fortunes were flipped on their heads last Thursday, as the offense awoke — particularly Aaron Rodgers and the passing game — but the defense significantly stumbled. A porous run defense has reared its ugly head in recent weeks and finally bit the Packers significantly in their 34-27 defeat at the hands of the Eagles.
Meanwhile, the Packers’ week five opponent also saw their fortunes turn in week two. The previously-undefeated Dallas Cowboys lost a brutally ugly 12-10 decision to the Saints on Sunday Night Football after coming into the game with a 95 percent confidence rating in their teams’ FanPulse index over at Blogging the Boys.
Later this week, we’ll see how far both teams’ numbers drop. Until then, keep it here at APC as we prepare you for week five.