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Do the Packers give up 200 yards rushing more than other teams?

And how bad does it hurt them?

Syndication: Journal Sentinel MARK HOFFMAN/MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL / USA TODAY NETWORK

It seems like Joe Barry’s defenses give up huge rushing totals all the time. I suppose this isn’t even really a Barry problem as it seems to have plagued Green Bay Packers defensive coordinators for much of my lifetime, but it also seems to have grown more common lately. Big rushing totals aren’t even always a bad thing, provided your offense is dominating and maintaining leads. But while allowing 100-125 yards is probably not indicative of anything too troubling about the defense, giving up 200ish yards probably means you got absolutely gashed, and that the opposing running game was an actual, real weapon for your opponent.

So I thought I’d look up just how many 200 yard rushing games Green Bay has allowed in the Barry era, and if that number is unusual. Maybe it just seems bad because it’s our team. But it turns out…no, we’re really bad at this, although not quite the worst. In the Barry era since 2021, the Lions and Giants have each allowed an opponent to rush for 200+ yards seven times. The Packers have done so six times. They are actually 1-5 in those games, having beaten Cleveland on Christmas day of 2021 despite allowing 219 yards rushing. The Chiefs, Raiders, Titans, and Eagles have each allowed this only once.

200 Yard Occurrences

Row Labels Count of Team
Row Labels Count of Team
DET 7
NYG 7
CHI 6
GNB 6
LAC 6
NOR 6
PIT 5
SEA 5
DEN 4
NYJ 4
ATL 3
BUF 3
CAR 3
CIN 3
DAL 3
HOU 3
IND 3
JAX 3
LVR 3
MIN 3
NWE 3
TAM 3
ARI 2
CLE 2
MIA 2
WAS 2
KAN 1
LAR 1
PHI 1
TEN 1

The Packers also have the honor of having allowed the most rushing yards to an opponent since 2021, against the Eagles on November 27th of 2022, when Philly ran for 363 yards.

200 Yards Allowed

Rk Team Date Yds Day G# Week Opp Result Att Yds Y/A TD
Rk Team Date Yds Day G# Week Opp Result Att Yds Y/A TD
1 GNB 11/27/2022 363 Sun 12 12 PHI L 33-40 49 363 7.4 3
2 DEN 9/24/2023 350 Sun 3 3 MIA L 20-70 43 350 8.1 5
3 DET 12/24/2022 320 Sat 15 16 CAR L 23-37 43 320 7.4 3
4 HOU 10/30/2022 314 Sun 7 8 TEN L 10-17 45 314 7 2
5 SEA 11/5/2023 298 Sun 8 9 BAL L 3-37 41 298 7.3 3
6 SEA 11/27/2022 283 Sun 11 12 LVR L 34-40 (OT) 40 283 7.1 2
7 HOU 9/25/2022 281 Sun 3 3 CHI L 20-23 40 281 7 2
8 JAX 12/26/2021 273 Sun 15 16 NYJ L 21-26 36 273 7.6 1
9 NWE 11/28/2021 270 Sun 12 12 TEN W 36-13 39 270 6.9 1
10 NYG 1/21/2023 268 Sat 2 20 PHI L 7-38 44 268 6.1 3
11 CHI 1/1/2023 265 Sun 16 17 DET L 10-41 39 265 6.8 2
12 DET 1/2/2022 265 Sun 16 17 SEA L 29-51 41 265 6.5 2
13 BUF 11/21/2021 264 Sun 10 11 IND L 15-41 46 264 5.7 4
14 CHI 10/2/2022 262 Sun 4 4 NYG L 12-20 44 262 6 2
15 NYJ 11/4/2021 260 Thu 8 9 IND L 30-45 30 260 8.7 3
16 MIN 9/14/2023 259 Thu 2 2 PHI L 28-34 48 259 5.4 3
17 DET 11/13/2022 258 Sun 9 10 CHI W 31-30 35 258 7.4 2
18 CHI 12/24/2022 254 Sat 15 16 BUF L 13-35 31 254 8.2 3
19 NYG 12/11/2022 253 Sun 13 14 PHI L 22-48 31 253 8.2 4
20 MIA 11/6/2022 252 Sun 9 9 CHI W 35-32 40 252 6.3 1
21 KAN 9/19/2021 251 Sun 2 2 BAL L 35-36 41 251 6.1 3
22 PIT 1/9/2022 249 Sun 17 18 BAL W 16-13 (OT) 36 249 6.9 1
23 MIN 11/7/2021 247 Sun 8 9 BAL L 31-34 (OT) 45 247 5.5 1
24 CAR 10/3/2021 245 Sun 4 4 DAL L 28-36 34 245 7.2 1
26 IND 10/16/2022 243 Sun 6 6 JAX W 34-27 33 243 7.4 3
25 NWE 10/24/2022 243 Mon 7 7 CHI L 14-33 45 243 5.4 2
28 NOR 11/21/2021 242 Sun 10 11 PHI L 29-40 50 242 4.8 3
27 PIT 12/9/2021 242 Thu 13 14 MIN L 28-36 36 242 6.7 2
29 CAR 11/6/2022 241 Sun 9 9 CIN L 21-42 39 241 6.2 5
30 DAL 10/30/2022 240 Sun 8 8 CHI W 49-29 43 240 5.6 2
31 CLE 10/9/2022 238 Sun 5 5 LAC L 28-30 34 238 7 2
34 HOU 12/5/2021 238 Sun 12 13 IND L 0-31 48 238 5 3
32 TEN 9/11/2022 238 Sun 1 1 NYG L 20-21 32 238 7.4 1
33 WAS 12/21/2021 238 Tue 14 15 PHI L 17-27 41 238 5.8 2
35 WAS 10/13/2022 237 Thu 6 6 CHI W 12-7 37 237 6.4 0
37 DET 10/31/2021 236 Sun 8 8 PHI L 6-44 46 236 5.1 4
36 JAX 10/23/2022 236 Sun 7 7 NYG L 17-23 39 236 6.1 1
39 DET 10/2/2022 235 Sun 4 4 SEA L 45-48 33 235 7.1 3
38 SEA 10/9/2022 235 Sun 5 5 NOR L 32-39 48 235 4.9 3
40 DEN 10/8/2023 234 Sun 5 5 NYJ L 21-31 32 234 7.3 1
42 ATL 1/2/2022 233 Sun 16 17 BUF L 15-29 44 233 5.3 4
41 MIA 9/10/2023 233 Sun 1 1 LAC W 36-34 40 233 5.8 3
43 ATL 11/10/2022 232 Thu 10 10 CAR L 15-25 47 232 4.9 2
44 NOR 12/18/2022 231 Sun 14 15 ATL W 21-18 39 231 5.9 2
45 TAM 10/27/2022 231 Thu 8 8 BAL L 22-27 33 231 7 1
46 LAC 10/10/2021 230 Sun 5 5 CLE W 47-42 35 230 6.6 3
47 PIT 11/14/2021 229 Sun 9 10 DET T 16-16 (OT) 39 229 5.9 2
49 ARI 11/26/2023 228 Sun 12 12 LAR L 14-37 33 228 6.9 1
50 CIN 10/16/2022 228 Sun 6 6 NOR W 30-26 34 228 6.7 1
48 NOR 11/26/2023 228 Sun 11 12 ATL L 15-24 41 228 5.6 1
52 NWE 12/18/2021 226 Sat 14 15 IND L 17-27 39 226 5.8 1
51 NYG 1/9/2022 226 Sun 17 18 WAS L 7-22 37 226 6.1 1
53 SEA 12/11/2022 223 Sun 13 14 CAR L 24-30 46 223 4.8 2
57 BUF 12/6/2021 222 Mon 12 13 NWE L 10-14 46 222 4.8 1
56 DAL 9/24/2023 222 Sun 3 3 ARI L 16-28 30 222 7.4 2
54 LVR 10/30/2023 222 Mon 8 8 DET L 14-26 43 222 5.2 1
55 NYG 10/8/2023 222 Sun 5 5 MIA L 16-31 23 222 9.7 2
58 IND 12/4/2022 220 Sun 13 13 DAL L 19-54 34 220 6.5 4
59 GNB 12/25/2021 219 Sat 15 16 CLE W 24-22 25 219 8.8 1
62 CAR 9/11/2022 217 Sun 1 1 CLE L 24-26 39 217 5.6 1
60 IND 1/1/2023 217 Sun 16 17 NYG L 10-38 37 217 5.9 2
61 NOR 11/13/2022 217 Sun 10 10 PIT L 10-20 43 217 5 2
64 DEN 11/14/2021 216 Sun 10 10 PHI L 13-30 39 216 5.5 0
63 DET 9/11/2022 216 Sun 1 1 PHI L 35-38 39 216 5.5 4
65 LAR 10/3/2021 216 Sun 4 4 ARI L 20-37 40 216 5.4 2
67 CHI 9/26/2021 215 Sun 3 3 CLE L 6-26 42 215 5.1 1
66 PIT 12/11/2022 215 Sun 13 14 BAL L 14-16 42 215 5.1 1
68 LAC 10/23/2022 213 Sun 7 7 SEA L 23-37 34 213 6.3 2
69 LAC 10/9/2022 213 Sun 5 5 CLE W 30-28 31 213 6.9 3
70 DEN 10/2/2022 212 Sun 4 4 LVR L 23-32 38 212 5.6 2
71 SEA 9/19/2021 212 Sun 2 2 TEN L 30-33 (OT) 40 212 5.3 3
72 GNB 9/28/2023 211 Thu 4 4 DET L 20-34 43 211 4.9 3
73 GNB 9/17/2023 211 Sun 2 2 ATL L 24-25 45 211 4.7 1
74 NYG 10/16/2022 211 Sun 6 6 BAL W 24-20 24 211 8.8 1
75 JAX 10/2/2022 210 Sun 4 4 PHI L 21-29 50 210 4.2 4
76 GNB 12/11/2023 209 Mon 13 14 NYG L 22-24 34 209 6.1 2
77 TAM 12/11/2022 209 Sun 13 14 SFO L 7-35 36 209 5.8 3
78 BUF 10/30/2022 208 Sun 7 8 GNB W 27-17 31 208 6.7 0
79 MIN 11/28/2021 208 Sun 11 12 SFO L 26-34 39 208 5.3 3
80 NYG 11/28/2021 208 Sun 11 12 PHI W 13-7 33 208 6.3 1
81 DAL 11/13/2022 207 Sun 9 10 GNB L 28-31 (OT) 39 207 5.3 1
82 LVR 11/13/2022 207 Sun 9 10 IND L 20-25 30 207 6.9 2
83 CIN 9/10/2023 206 Sun 1 1 CLE L 3-24 40 206 5.2 1
84 LVR 12/18/2022 206 Sun 14 15 NWE W 30-24 32 206 6.4 1
87 CIN 1/9/2022 205 Sun 17 18 CLE L 16-21 41 205 5 1
85 GNB 11/12/2023 205 Sun 9 10 PIT L 19-23 36 205 5.7 2
86 LAC 1/8/2023 205 Sun 17 18 DEN L 28-31 36 205 5.7 1
88 NOR 12/10/2023 204 Sun 13 14 CAR W 28-6 39 204 5.2 0
89 NYJ 10/1/2023 204 Sun 4 4 KAN L 20-23 35 204 5.8 1
93 ATL 10/31/2021 203 Sun 7 8 CAR L 13-19 47 203 4.3 1
91 CHI 9/18/2022 203 Sun 2 2 GNB L 10-27 38 203 5.3 1
90 NYJ 10/29/2023 203 Sun 7 8 NYG W 13-10 (OT) 52 203 3.9 1
92 NYJ 12/12/2021 203 Sun 13 14 NOR L 9-30 44 203 4.6 3
95 ARI 1/9/2022 202 Sun 17 18 SEA L 30-38 30 202 6.7 2
94 CLE 10/2/2022 202 Sun 4 4 ATL L 20-23 35 202 5.8 2
97 LAC 11/6/2022 201 Sun 8 9 ATL W 20-17 35 201 5.7 2
98 NOR 9/11/2022 201 Sun 1 1 ATL W 27-26 38 201 5.3 2
100 NYG 10/10/2021 201 Sun 5 5 DAL L 20-44 39 201 5.2 1
99 PIT 12/19/2021 201 Sun 14 15 TEN W 19-13 42 201 4.8 1
96 TAM 9/25/2023 201 Mon 3 3 PHI L 11-25 40 201 5 1
103 CHI 10/30/2022 200 Sun 8 8 DAL L 29-49 29 200 6.9 4
102 DET 1/1/2023 200 Sun 16 17 CHI W 41-10 22 200 9.1 0
101 LAC 11/12/2023 200 Sun 9 10 DET L 38-41 31 200 6.5 3
104 PHI 10/3/2021 200 Sun 4 4 KAN L 30-42 32 200 6.3 1

That’s the 8th most rushing yards allowed in a game in the Super Bowl era, but on the plus side, it was the only such occurrence in 2022. This season, the Packers have allowed a team to rush for 200 yards or more four times, and they’ve lost all four times. Losing when you give up a large number of rushing yards isn’t entirely surprising, as teams run more when they’re ahead, but when you look at the individual games, it’s hard to just pass this off as an artifact of the opponent running out the clock, or selection bias.

Take the game just last week against the Giants, who rushed for 209 yards, and needed a last-minute drive to move into field goal range to win the game. They ran because Green Bay couldn’t stop them. Especially Tommy DeVito.

And when the Lions did it, rushing for 211 yards on September 28th, they rushed for 128 of those yards, and two touchdowns, in the first half. They ran because Green Bay couldn’t stop them.

And when the Steelers did it on November 12th, rushing for 205 yards, it’s hard to argue that Jaylen Warren and Najee Harris’ combined 31 carries for 183 yards (Pickett and Austin added the final 22), were less efficient than Kenny Pickett’s 126 yards passing on 23 attempts. They ran because Green Bay couldn’t stop them. And because they are terrible at passing.

And finally, when Atlanta did it on September 17th, rushing for 211 yards, it’s hard to argue they would have preferred to lean on Desmond Ridder’s arm instead of Bijan Robinson’s legs. They ran because Green Bay couldn’t stop them.

For many teams, a weak run defense isn’t that big of a deal, especially because most teams can and will address strong rushing attacks with beefier sub packages. No other NFL team has allowed this to happen more than twice this year. And yes, some teams are poor in stopping opponents with leads from running out the clock. But that’s not what we’re talking about here. The Packers are almost unique in their ability to actually allow their opponent to take leads with the running game. To generate actual, real offense comparable to what normal passing games accomplish. Getting gashed by the Lions is one thing, but it’s inexcusable to get run over by the punchless Steelers, Falcons, or DeVitos, and a complete inability to do the most fundamental thing in football, and stop the run, is reason enough to move on from Barry.