The much-maligned Green Bay Packers defense certainly appears to be moving in the right direction after struggling against opposing rushers through at least the first half of the season.
Simply look at a few stats from their last five games - all victories.
The defense didn’t allow a 100-yard rusher, including NFL rushing champion Derrick Henry of the Tennessee Titans. The Packers ranked 9th in the NFL in yards allowed, 8th in sack percentage, 8th in red zone defense, tied for 10th in third down conversions allowed and were 4th in goal to go. They also allowed only 3 passing TDs and gave up 16 or fewer points in four of their last five games.
Who would have ever imagined Mike Pettine’s defense would finish the season as the 12th best total defense out of 32 NFL teams?
The No. 1 seed, home field advantage throughout the playoffs and the coveted bye week allows Packer players and coaches to rest, recharge and return to what is hoped to be electric practices leading to a strong Super Bowl run.
While Green Bay is only 1-2 coming off bye weeks under second-year head coach Matt LaFleur, it’s still an enviable position to be in, considering it’s now the postseason.
While the Green Bay offense remains the headline grabber, it takes a solid, but not great defense and special teams to win the Lombardi Trophy. The Packers ‘D’ has proved it’s ready. Now, if the special teams can pick it up, the Packers could indeed win it all. Agree or disagree?