It’s dangerous to put the Packers this high. They’re on a four-game losing streak, of course, and it has felt more traumatic than even that might indicate. The Packers have allowed 153 points over their past four games, including 30 points in each of those contests, the first time they’ve done that in 63 years. Concerns about the offense have given way to brutally terrifying performances from an anonymous, vanilla defense.
The blame for the defense goes everywhere. Injuries have sapped the secondary of top corner Sam Shields, out since the opener with a concussion. Clay Matthews has missed three games with a hamstring problem and came back in only limited Matt Ryan Womens Jersey duty this week. Ted Thompson chose not to re-sign Casey Hayward in free agency and let him leave for San Diego, where he has been above average, choosing instead to rely upon 2015 first- and second-round picks Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins to play bigger roles. Rollins has struggled and Randall is another injury casualty.
Baltimore put up a fight against the league’s only 9-1 team before going down, but things won’t be easy for them the rest of the way.
Cousins completed 70 percent of his passes for 375 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Redskins’ win. He wasn’t dinking-and-dunking his way to those numbers, either. His average pass traveled 10.5 yards past the line of scrimmage, and two-thirds of his passing yards came through the air (as opposed to after the catch).
Their offense kept up appearances shortly after Green’s departure, producing two long drives, before Matt Schaub Womens Jersey sputtering out in the second half, where they produced a single first down in their first five drives.
The four teams behind them are the Browns, Bucs, Jags and 49ers, a combined 8-33. Opposing receivers aren’t afraid of the Green Bay secondary, either, as it has dropped a league-low 1.8 percent of passes.