The Green Bay Packers defense came into Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, 5th ranked in the NFL. After a 17-0 shutout victory, that ranking will be heading upward.
Oh, you noticed I didn’t start with the offense. Why should I have? They haven’t exactly been stellar and you can add special teams to that. Mason Crosby can’t make kicks, the long snapper and holder can’t seem to execute the fundamentals, and the offense as a whole hasn’t scored more than 24 points over the last 5 games. Enough said.
Over the same timeframe, the defense has allowed 11.6 points per game. Let’s take it a step further. Over the last three games, the Packers have beaten up Kyler Murray, Patrick Mahomes, and Russell Wilson. The defense has been playing some of the best ball in the league and are only getting better. (Just imagine a healthy Za’Darius Smith and Jaire Alexander returning to the lineup at some point. Spooky.)
The offense will figure out how to finish off drives more consistently. Special team will, hopefully, eventually, be competent. So long as the defense continues to play at a championship level, the Packers will continue to win. By hook or by crook.