Packers offense sizzling; defense struggles

The Packers offense is cooking and carrying the load to a 3-0 start. In the first three games of the season the Packers have scored 122 points, and that includes one game without top wide receiver Davante Adams. On the flip side, the defense continues its bend but don’t break play.

Head Coach Matt LaFleur is 16-3 in his last 19 games as Packers head coach. That is better than Vince Lombardi, Curly Lambeau, Mike Holmgren and Mike McCarthy.

The Packers are winning in record setting fashion. I believe they only have one 3 and out in three games, granted they have punted 5 times but only once had a drive that was only 3 plays. That is a remarkable feat.

This offense is doing it in a variety of ways. Running the ball with Aaron Jones, through the air with Adams, Lazard and Valdes-Scantling, and on Sunday night their tight ends came up big. Rodgers is moving around the the pocket, tacking his time and and hitting the receivers in stride for big plays. Rodgers appears to be performing like the Rodgers of several years ago. The offense is definitely carrying this team to its 3-0 start.

The defense is struggling and that is an understatement. Sure, there have been great plays and defensive stops, but the defense is giving up a ton of points and yardage.

Granted, the Packers were without top defensive player Kenny Clark against the Saints and Linebacker Christian Kirksey left the game in the second quarter. When Kirksey left the game, the results of the linebacking unit were very mixed. As there were some good plays and some bad plays. The Packers defense had 13 missed tackles against the Saints Sunday Night. That will not get it done in January.

The defense needs to step up a bit and there is no better time than Monday night against the Falcons. Atlanta has its own set of problems, so it makes a perfect match-up for this Packers defense.

Overall, the Packers are clearly the class of the NFC right now at 3-0. Their next game is against the Atlanta Falcons and the Packers should easily be 4-0 heading into their bye week.

Go Pack Go!

Anthony Haag is a writer for PackersTalk.com. He has been a Packers fan since the day he was born and truly bleeds green and gold. He makes annual visits to Lambeau Field and has attended his fair share of games. You can follow Anthony on Twitter at @anthony_haag

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