The Green Bay Packers' Struggles with Contested Catches


The Green Bay Packers have a multi-layered problem with contested catches in the passing game. Let’s start with a definition: A contested catch situation in one in which a quarterback throws a catchable pass to a receiver who is closely guarded by a defender who can "contest" the catch. Not all passes are to wide open receivers. Sometimes, a quarterback has to throw a ball into a tight window and hope the targeted receiver can make the play against tight coverage. Next, the numbers: The Packers have completed only 9-of-43 contested catch opportunities this season, including a 0-for-7 showing during Sunday’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Their conversion rate on contested catches is 20.9 percent.

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