Does Morgan Burnett’s Return Give Packers a Win in Week 5?

By Michael Terrill
Does Morgan Burnett’s Return Give Packers a Win in Week 5
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The Green Bay Packers will certainly have their hands full against the Detroit Lions in Week 5. Detroit’s high-flying offense is a big reason why they are 3-1 this season. Meanwhile, Green Bay’s inability to stop anybody through the air is why the team is 1-2. The good news is it looks like safety Morgan Burnett will be able to play on Sunday, which will certainly help in keeping the Lions’ wide receivers in check.

Burnett is ecstatic about the realistic possibility of playing in his first game this season. There is a good chance the Packers are even more excited to get him back after the defense allowed 311 passing yards per game in their first three contests, which ranks 28th in the NFL.

Burnett understands how talented Detroit is on offense. For that reason, he will do whatever he can to make big plays and inspire the rest of the secondary to step up.

“They have a very explosive offense,” Burnett said, according to “They’ve got a lot of weapons with Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush; they’ve got (Brandon) Pettigrew at tight end, you’ve got Matthew Stafford at quarterback. They’ve got weapons, so you’ve got to trust your defense, trust your technique. You can’t get out of line with guessing or anything, because they’re a good team.”

If Burnett does indeed play, which it definitely looks like he will, expect a big-time performance out of the 24-year-old. He understands that he must make up for lost time and that is why he is going to take it out on Johnson and the rest of Detroit’s wide receivers.

There is no question Green Bay’s secondary is a completely different group when Burnett is the last line of defense. It will certainly be an exciting game if he is able to play.

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