The main thing that worries me is that in the Viking game, absolutely everything went the Packers way. It was a perfect storm. I hope they don't start expecting to get a bunch of breaks. Anyway, we'll find out how legit our defense is.
True. I think our Defense went into that Vikings game on a mission for respect. We’ve been essentially degraded all season (and initially for good reason) and everyone has petted MN. I believe That’s where the challenge from J’aire was coming from. J’ is a really good CB that hadn’t played at the top of his game (by his standards) for a stretch.
That was then this is now. Here we are without our #1 Edge Rusher and opposing teams (good teams too) are having a hard time running up the score on us. After the recent 14 garbage points without B teams playing, we’re allowing about 21 pts per contest. However factoring in takeaways? (12 takeaways in the last 4 contests) This D group is easily a top 10-12 Defensive unit
In 931 plays (#2 least league-wide) The Packers D has 17 INT (tied for 3rd with the Eagles and 49ers) AND
The Packers has also forced another 7 takeaways on fumbles (total Takeaways is tied for #6)
Dissecting further? GB’s Defense gets a takeaway every 38.79 plays
Dallas takeaways every 32.44 #1
Eagles takeaways every 37.37 #2
49ers takeaways every 37.54 #3
Patriots takeaway every 38.26 #4
Packers takeaway every 38.79 #5
As a gauge, The lowest in the league is every 84.83 plays.
As we can clearly see by who’s in this list, Takeaways are a key component in D success (and winning games Defensively) The Lions are exceptional at taking care of the ball this season (#1 in the league with just 15 Giveaways) We have to change that Sunday night.