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Through the first eight games of the season in 2013, the defense of the Packers was pretty effective in stopping the run. Going into their Week 9 matchup against the Bears, the team was ranked fourth in the NFL in stopping the run.
The team had only allowed an average of 83.6 yards a game up until that contest.
But things started to fall apart in the game against da Bears at Lambeau Field. For one thing, quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a fractured clavicle, which forced him to miss seven games.
Over the next few games, the inconsistent play at quarterback for the Packers caused the defense to be on the field far too often.
In addition to that, the run defense of the Packers against the Bears showed its ugly warts. There were three primary reasons: shoddy tackling, taking bad angles and simply being beat by blockers.
Running back Matt Forte ran for 125 yards that game, with much of that yardage coming in the second half.
The following week, running back LeSean McCoy of the Eagles rushed for 155 yards against the Packers.
Green Bay just could not stop the run late in both of those games. In the Chicago game, the Bears went on a drive that lasted 8:58 late in the fourth quarter, with most of the damage coming via the run.
In the game against the Eagles, Philadelphia kept the ball for the last 9:32 of the game, as McCoy gashed the Packers for big yardage time and time again.
When it was all said and done, the Packers finished 25th in run defense in the NFL, as the team allowed an average of 125 yards per game via the ground.
That has to change in 2014. One of the things which will help is putting B.J. Raji back at nose tackle. But the defensive ends have to be stout against the run as well, plus the linebackers and defensive backs have to take the correct tackling angles and use better technique in chasing down the opposing ball carrier.