Sunday will be a big day for the Green Bay Packers defense. We will see how far this team has come from last season’s 32nd ranked unit. They have showed much improvement this season, but their best games have come against teams without a lot of star power. Sunday they go up against the Minnesota Vikings, and the best running back in the NFL, Adrian Peterson.
Peterson is 208 yards shy of Eric Dickerson’s record for most rushing yards in a season. Peterson is very capable going for 208 in a game. He ran for 210 yards against the Packers in week 12. The Packers were without LB Clay Matthews and run stopping DE CJ Wilson during that game as well.
It seems that the Packers defense has gotten stronger throughout the season, and now they could be hitting their peak going into the playoffs. If the Packers can shut down the Vikings potent run game they’ll be fit for a playoff run. It’s not going to be easy, because Peterson is a very violent runner who will be very motivated to clinch a playoff berth for his team. Shutting him down would make it that much sweeter.
If the Packers were to finish the season off on a strong note I would say this could be one of the best turn arounds for a defense in Packers history. The defense from 2009 to 2010 ranks up there, but last years defense gave up a record amount of yardage, and didn’t have an answer for many teams. This season they’ve held their own despite injuries and inexperienced starters.
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