With no pretense of a running game due to the injuries to Eddie Lacy and James Starks, the Green Bay Packers’ offense has taken to the air.
In fact, the Packers have thrown the ball on 70.4 percent of their offensive snaps over the last three games, the second-highest rate in the NFL behind only Jacksonville’s 70.8 percent. That’s put the pressure on left tackle David Bakhtiari and right tackle Bryan Bulaga to step up their games.
And they have.
According to Pro Football Focus, Bakhtiari has been the third-best pass-protecting offensive tackle in the NFL this season. Bulaga ranks fourth but first among right tackles.
Against the Colts on Sunday, their edge rushers produced a total of only four pressures against Green Bay’s tackles.
“Very good,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said of his tackle tandem on Thursday. “I thought they played very well last week. I think they're both having very good seasons. It gives us the flexibility to play a little more wide open, particularly where we're throwing the football. I'm very happy with David and Bryan.”
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