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After a truly dominant performance against the Minnesota Vikings last Monday night, the Green Bay Packers struggled defensively against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In fact, Tampa Bay still had a chance to make a comeback until Tramon Williams intercepted a tipped pass late in the fourth quarter.
Whenever this unit looks as if it's beginning to move in the right direction, it takes a big step backwards. The defense was highly ineffective on third downs against the Buccaneers, and their open-field tackling was horrendous, especially on LeGarrette Blount's 54-yard touchdown run.
As much talent as this defense has, it is puzzling to see it struggle so much. Thursday's game against the Detroit Lions will be a huge test. If the defense can recover and play well against the Lions' high-powered offense, it will be a good sign.
However, if the Packers get lit up by Matthew Stafford and Company, it could be time to start shaking things up defensively.