Coming into Week 11 of the NFL season the Green Bay Packers find themselves falling down the standings of the NFC North. The Packers, more than any other team in the league have had to deal with an onslaught of injuries and it seems that it has come to the point that Green Bay cannot withstand anymore. The loss of Aaron Rodgers was the straw that broke the camel’s back; Rodgers held that team together like glue and made it very easy to overlook the glaring weaknesses that have haunted them over the past two weeks with Rodgers out.
The most glaring of them all has been the lack of defense. The Packers’ defense in their past two losses against the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles could not get off the field as they continued to let both the Bears and Eagles run the clock all the way down. This past week against the Eagles the defense had over nine minutes left in the game to get the ball back for the offense and was unable to do so. Someone on defense has to step up and make a play for the Packers who have been known to create turnovers over the past few seasons. The team as a whole only has only created 16 turnovers thus far this season, and the unit must make changes if they want to win this Sunday.
Green Bay has to look in the mirror and take notice that they have to get back to being a great Dom Capers coached defense. It comes down to the stars on defense. Clay Matthews, B.j. Raji and Tramon Williams each has to put their respective aspect of the defense on their back and carry this Packers team. Matthews has just returned from a broken thumb, and once the cast is removed from his hand he will be a much needed boost to the defense. The defense must come out with an intensity they have not had to play with in years because Rodgers and the offense gave them such a cushion it was easy to sit back and create turnovers when the opponent had to continue to throw the ball to keep up with this once high-powered offense.
At the beginning of 2013 it seemed as if the Green Bay defense was turning the corner, but without Rodgers they are being exposed. The Packers’ defense needs to stand up and play inspired to show the New York Giants this game won’t be a cakewalk Sunday afternoon in the Meadowlands. It’s time to for the Packers to show their fans they will not back down to the adversities they have been given.