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Cullen Jenkins departed, Johnny Jolly is still under suspension, Ryan Pickett and Howard Green are both 32 years old, Mike Neal has yet to play, there's still no pass rusher opposite to Clay Matthews (who is injured), and what do we have to show for it?
Why seven sacks, and a near complete stop of the run game actually.
Back in the season opener, the Packers were able to keep quarterback Drew Brees from ever getting comfortable, and while he passed over 400 yards, he had to work for every completion and his offense was stopped four out of five times in the red zone. Extremely impressive considering that Brees works behind one of the best offensive lines in football.
The Saints host a three-headed monster in Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles, but all three were effectively contained to only a total of 78 rushing yards.
Cam Newton is only a rookie, but has already proven that he can be very elusive. Despite his elusiveness the Packers managed to effectively pressure him into having to run with the ball, and even sacked him four times (five if hadn't barely crossed the line of scrimmage on a fourth down).
You can say what you want about Carolina, but they have arguably the best running back duo in the league with DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. The two combined for a total of 18 rushing yards in Week 2.
The Packers rank sixth in the league against the run currently, but take away quarterback Cam Newton's rushing yards, and they rank No. 1 in the league.
Was letting Cullen Jenkins depart really such a bad idea? Maybe, the guy already has three sacks on the season. But we have yet to even see what Vic So'oto and Mike Neal can bring to the table, and I can only imagine how the front seven will look like then.