Opponent Overview: Green Bay Packers

The Carolina Panthers will look to extend their win streak to three games when they take on the Green Bay Packers. Here is a quick overview of the Panthers opponent this coming Sunday.

Packers Season Recap

Record: 4-2 (Tied for 1st in NFC North)

After losing to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1, the Green Bay Packers have won four of the last five and currently on a three game win streak. There last win wasn't easy as they needed a drive in the final minute, including a fake spike play, to sneak by the Miami Dolphins.

This Packers team is not the same dominant team from a few years ago. However, as long as they have a healthy Aaron Rodgers they are a tough team to beat.

 

Offense

Total Offense: 319.2 yards per game (26th in the NFL)

Passing Offense: 224.3 yards per game (20th in the NFL)

Rushing Offense: 94.8 yards per game (24th in the NFL)

Points: 26.8 points per game (8th in the NFL)

It is a little surprising to see a Packers' offense with players like Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb to rank in the bottom five of the NFL in terms of yards. How can a team who is the bottom half of the league in yards be eighth in points scored? Their defense is second in the NFL in turnovers which means Green Bay is usually set up with good field position and they are able capitalize.

The Packers have a number of playmakers, as mentioned above, but the one position they struggle is along the offensive line. This year Rodgers has been sacked 15 times, which is seventh most in the NFL. The Panthers will need to find a way to get pressure on the quarterback, which hasn't been their strong suit this year, because if Rodgers has time it will be a long game for the Panthers' defense.

 

Defense

Total Yards Against: 368 yards per game (19th in the NFL)

Passing Yards Against: 213.5 yards per game (5th in the NFL)

Rushing Yards Against: 154.5 yards per game (32nd in the NFL)

Points Against: 21.7 points per game (12th in the NFL)

Takeaways: 13 (3rd in the NFL)

This a Packers team that is very good against the pass but struggles against the run, actually the worst in the NFL right now. The loss of B.J. Raji on the defensive line has really hurt this defense and is one of the reasons opposing offenses have been successful running the ball against them.

The Panthers should try and exploit this when they play Green Bay on Sunday. Against the Bengals, Carolina ran a lot more read option than they have earlier in the season and this may have been due to the fact that Cam Newton just wasn't healthy enough. However, now that he looks fully recovered I would expect the Panthers to rely heavily on this against Green Bay.


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