The team's inability to put pressure on the quarterback is one of those reasons. In turn, the Green Bay's secondary has gotten picked apart. The Packers enter Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings ranked 13th in the NFC in having allowed opponents to convert 45.5% of their third downs, or 46 of 101 attempts. Last year at this point, the Packers were only allowing opponents to convert 37.4% of their third downs.
In beating the Packers 30-25 in the season opener at Lambeau Field, the Vikings completed 8 of 14 third downs (57%).
"The biggest area we're looking at is third down," Packers defensive coordinator Ed Donatell said. "We've been keeping ourselves on the field for a long time. We want to have a much higher standard for that. For what we've been doing here the last couple of years, this performance hasn't been matching that. That's everything together – coverage, rush, calls, coaching. You put that all together and roll your sleeves up, and that will improve."
The Packers have closed practices to the media this week, which likely means that there will be changes in personnel. And players and coaches were tight-lipped in the locker room today about detailing anything specific about their attack against the Vikings.
"You'll have to wait and see," said defensive end Aaron Kampman, with a smile.