The Green Bay Packers (4-7) played their second game in five days. Losing to the Tennessee Titans and Derrick Henry, though Ryan Tannehill was the real threat on Thursday night.
While the run defense held the Titans to only 88 carries with 2.8 yards per carry, the defense was shredded for over 330 passing yards.
On the Packers side of the ball, the rushing attack was expected to falter against one of the game’s elite run defenses. RBs Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon combined for only 53 yards on the ground, averaging only 2.9 yards per carry.
The good news is that their remaining schedule is very favorable on their side, going up against plenty of run-deficient defenses.
- @ Philadelphia Eagles: 17th against the run. Allowing 4.7 yards per carry.
- @ Chicago Bears: 29th against the run. Allowing 4.7 yards per carry.
- LA Rams: 4th against the run. Allowing 4.0 yards per carry.
- @ Miami Dolphins: 19th against the run. Allowing 4.6 yards per carry.
- Minnesota Vikings: 10th against the run. Allowing 4.5 yards per carry.
- Detroit Lions: 30th against the run. Allowing 5.3 yards per carry.
At 4-7, it puts them likely out of reach of the NFC North crown, likely headed to Minnesota. However, the Green Bay Packers are only 2.5 games outside the seventh seed in the Wild Card.
The Packers are fortunate to be playing teams like the Rams and Lions. Teams that are seemingly destitute, with the Lions coming to Lambeau.
There will definitely be some intimidating matchups with the Vikings, Eagles and Dolphins. However, with the run game having a distinct advantage in these games, the Packers will be in it.
Only the passing game could affect Green Bay on their remaining schedule. With the way it is being elevated in these recent weeks, we could soon see a return to normalcy.
Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers of the USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin