The Packers defense has done everything it could to win games in the past couple of weeks.

From forcing turnovers to giving the offense ample opportunities to win games, the defense has done it all.

Coming into the game though the Packers were 2-5 through 7 games losing 4 straight.

The defense though did enough holding the Rams to three points and leading the Packers to their first victory in a month.

Unfamiliar Faces on Packers Defense

Without 4 starters this week the Packers defense still played the Rams offense pretty well.

Granted it was against a Rams offense without their starting quarterback Matthew Stafford.

The Rams offense was held under 200 total yards.

Brett Rypien, who was in for Stafford, was 13 of 28 for 138 yards and no touchdowns

Cooper Kupp, who is one of the most dangerous receivers in the NFL, was held to 2 catches for 48 yards.

There was no running game for the Rams.

Their leading rusher was Royce Freeman who had 12 carries for 32 yards

The defense also put constant pressure on Rypien which forced him to throw very errant passes.

You knew that some one point the pass rush would lead to a turnover and it did.

Anthony Johnson Jr. had his first interception of his career off a tipped ball by Jaire Alexander.

That led the Packers to take a 13-3 lead.

In total the defense forced two turnovers.

Helping the Offense

And when the offense needed the defense to step up, they were there for them.

The offense had 2 turnovers early in the 2nd half, both of which could have turned into points for the Rams.

Instead, the Packers defense did not let the Rams offense score on those two drives and the Packers offense took it from there.


It feels like forever since we’ve been able to celebrate a Packers victory.

For the Packers defense it feels like all the hard work of keeping the opposing team out of the endzone finally paid off.

For weeks the defense kept saying they got to do better to help the Packers offense.

To hold the Rams to 3 points, that was plenty to help the Packer offense get back on track.


Hau Khuong has been a Packers fan since 1996. He currently works as a video editor in Green Bay and writes for and you can follow him on twitter at @HauKhuongSports.