Packers' Run Defense Ripped by Twitter as Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Fall to Eagles

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVNovember 28, 2022

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - NOVEMBER 27: Jalen Hurts #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles is pushed out of bounds by Rasul Douglas #29 of the Green Bay Packers during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on November 27, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Football is a complicated game, but sometimes it can be so simple.

You're simply not going to win a road game against a Super Bowl contender while giving up an astounding 363 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

The Green Bay Packers found that out the hard way during Sunday's 40-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. In a game that saw Aaron Rodgers exit with an injury and Jordan Love throw a touchdown, the deciding factor for the visitors was still their inability to stop Jalen Hurts and Miles Sanders from gashing them on the ground.

Social media certainly noticed:

Matt Schneidman @mattschneidman

The Packers have allowed 256 rushing yards and 8.8 yards per carry halfway through the third quarter.<br><br>That's an indictment on everyone -- the GM, the coaches, the players. Green Bay's run defense is bad year after year. It's been a huge organizational problem.

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Packers defense every time the Eagles run a play <a href="https://t.co/KUW0E9feEz">pic.twitter.com/KUW0E9feEz</a>

Benjamin Solak @BenjaminSolak

Eagles were in "13" personnel on that 3rd and 2, but with Cam Jurgens in as a tight end and Quez as the single WR.<br><br>SCREAMS run to the opposing defense. But even when the defense reads PA pass and covers everything up, Jalen can get free.

Lily Zhao @LilySZhao

<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Packers?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Packers</a> run defense: swiss cheese

Bovada @BovadaOfficial

Packers run defense tonight ๐Ÿ’€ <a href="https://t.co/gvlUXwh8Xv">pic.twitter.com/gvlUXwh8Xv</a>

Anthony Cover 1 @Pro__Ant

If youโ€™re gonna play a light box, and you canโ€™t fit the run from it (and/or fill from depth) youโ€™re dead in the water. This is a Packers defense tweet

Arrick Upton @ArrickUptonGB

This <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Packers?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Packers</a> run defense is absolutely PATHETIC

Arif Hasan, hates turkey ๐Ÿ™…โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿฆƒ @ArifHasanNFL

Running quarterbacks in big games and the Packers defense, name a more iconic duo

Matt Schneidman @mattschneidman

Packers defense trying to give Rodgers as much time in the locker room as possible.

Bill Simmons @BillSimmons

The Packers D played this game like theyโ€™d never seen Hurts on film before. And yet somehow it still wasnโ€™t the worst coaching performance of the day โ€” you still have the belt, Tampa Bay.

Marcus Whitman @TFG_Football

This was supposed to be the best Defense the Packers have had since they won a Super Bowl.<br><br>Thats right... THIS Defense.

Brandon Carwile @PackerScribe

Between the coaches and the players, this <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Packers?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Packers</a> defense has zero leadership.

Will Brinson @WillBrinson

Can Jordan Love play defense

Matt Schneidman @mattschneidman

Packers tackling is atrocious.

James Palmer @JamesPalmerTV

The last time the Packers gave up 300+ rushing yards was in 1978

Tyler Brooke @TylerDBrooke

The Packers defense tonight:<br><br>-40 points allowed<br><br>-353 rushing yards allowed<br><br>-7.8 YPC allowed<br><br>-96.3 passer rating allowed<br><br>It's time for a change.

The frustrating thing from Green Bay's perspective is there were a lot of things that went right offensively. AJ Dillon scored on a bruising 20-yard run, Aaron Jones impressed as a receiver and caught a contested pass for a touchdown, and Rodgers worked through his progressions and fired multiple strikes through tight windows like he was in his prime.

That kept them within striking distance even though Rodgers threw two interceptions in the first half and exited in the third quarter.

Love kept it close as well by hitting Christian Watson for a slant before the receiver did the rest during a 63-yard touchdown. Fittingly, though, Philadelphia kept it on the ground on its last two possessions to set up a Jake Elliott field goal and then run out the clock to preserve the win.

Green Bay had no answers for Hurts' legs in particular, as the MVP candidate's combination of quick cuts in the open field and power in short-yardage set the tone. Throw in Sanders' two touchdowns, and the story was clear.

The Packers are now 4-8 overall and 1-7 in their last eight games. They are essentially playing out the string at this point and will look to turn things around in the upcoming game against the Chicago Bears.