Green Bay Packers: 5 Keys to Beating the Kansas City Chiefs
As the Packers move into Week 15 and carry along their hope for a 14-0, we know that we've enough to know where the Green Bay weaknesses are. Along with all of this time have been opportunities to consider how to exploit those weaknesses.
Kansas City is going in on Sunday at 5-8. Although it isn't anything comparable to the Pack, they do have wins under their belt.
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The Green Bay offense has been pushing the bar this season. Ranked third in the NFL right now behind only the New Orleans Saints and the New England Patriots, Green Bay is averaging 404.2 yards of total offense per game.
An average 304.6 of that is passing yards.
They are leading entirely though in average yards per play, coming in at 6.49.
If Green Bay can keep the offensive line coming better than the rest like that, no defense is going to be able to stop them.
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Green Bay is also second in the league at making their third-down conversions, one of the biggest keys to making it to the red zone.
This is especially important because Kansas City is 10th in the league for third-down defense.
As of right now, the Packers are making the first down 48.1 percent of the time, behind only to the New Orleans Saints. It's easy to see why that Week 1 game had so much offensive scoring.
By reducing the amount of times they punt off and continuing towards the goal line, Green Bay can keep pushing the ball forward for the winning scores that they need.
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Aaron Rodgers is the franchise record-holder for a season with the most 300-yard games, at eight.
And the season isn't even over.
In actuality, there are a lot of records that Rodgers has set and passed this season. He also just set the record for earliest in franchise history to his 4,000 yards at just Week 13. Prior to that it had been reached by Week 15.
Being the highest in the NFL for yards per play, it should come as no surprise that Rodgers is also No. 1 in quarterback points-per-game, at 28.5.
As long as Rodgers can make the offense keep up with the high points, the Pack will continue to have the most points by the end of the game.
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When it comes to special teams, accuracy sometimes only comes with one shot.
Ask Mason Crosby if that's a problem, and he'll tell you no. With 23 consecutive field goals recently, it was the longest franchise record for just that type of precision. He's even been named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week twice by the NFL this season.
Kick returner (and wide receiver) Jordy Nelson has shown us a thing or two this season as well. With the amount of combined contributions he's had so far, he's put ten touchdowns on Green Bay's board.
If special teams continue to hold their own so well, they're going to be a great support for the Green Bay offense come playoffs.
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One thing the Green Bay defense does have going for them is the art of the takeaway.
Through Week 14, the Packers have stolen 104 points. They are the best in the NFL with a total of 32 takeaways this season.
To sum it up, if Green Bay wants their ball back, they're going to take it.
Well that's one way to make up for a lackluster defense...
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Despite Green Bay having some exposed areas of weakness, they've grown calluses in others to help balance the load.
Whatever they are doing, it's working, so ensuring that they continue to stick to these conditions can only help to secure what is obviously a winning formula.
No game is ever predictable, ask former Buffalo Bills' kicker Steve Christie if you need a reminder. Will Green Bay move on to meet its Christmas rival at 14-0 or 13-1?