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Monday, December 9, 2019

Packers’ run defense to the left has been horrendous this season and Eagles exposed it

Packers run defense left

The Green Bay Packers were gashed on the ground by the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night, and there was one specific trend about all those runs: they were mostly to the left. The Eagles consistently had big runs to the left against Green Bay, exploiting a season-long flaw for the Packers’ defense to the tune of 176 yards and two touchdowns on an average of 5.3 yards per attempt.

Warren Sharp of Sharp Football Analysis tracks specialized stats and produced a graphic showing how bad Green Bay has been on runs to the left. Rushes to the left tackle against them have gone for an average of 11.8 yards per carry this season, compared to 4.2 to the right tackle.

Those numbers proved to be consistent against the Eagles. Take a look at all these huge holes the Eagles had to run through going to the left against the Packers’ defense:

The secret is out on Green Bay — this is how you can beat them until they fix it.

Aaron Rodgers’ message after the Week 1 win over the Bears was: “we got a defense.” Yeah, about that …



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