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Packers Defense Playing Good Enough To Handle Saints-Bucs Victor

The Packers are built around the team’s offense. With Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams and a trio of impressive runners, the offense will be the side of the football that wins Green Bay a Super Bowl this season, if they do get over the top and win.

We should start talking about the role the defense is going to play in the pursuit for another Lombardi Trophy. Especially when the upcoming opponent will be either the New Orleans Saints or Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Both of those team’s feature a top-5 scoring offense. The Bucs check in at No. 3 (30.8 points per game) while the Saints sit at No. 5 (29.6). Regardless of which team comes out victorious in the NFC South matchup, Green Bay’s defense will have its hands full.

If the unit can do a few of the things we saw against the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday, it’s possible for them to get the necessary stops to win. Remember, it’s not about dominating an offense like Tampa Bay or New Orleans.

It’s about getting limited — but needed — stops, especially when you are bringing an elite offense of your own. Those few stops are crucial and can create the biggest difference in the game.

Against the Rams, the Packers were efficient at getting after Jared Goff and getting off the field on third downs. Los Angeles only converted on 2-of-9 (22.2 percent) attempts on third and fourth down. In addition, Goff was brought down four times.

Rashan Gary and Kenny Clark combined for three of those four sacks, a great sign for anyone hoping Green Bay’s front can put pressure on Tom Brady or Drew Brees. That duo, along with Za’Darius Smith and others, will need to be ready to face off against either one of the future Hall of Famers.

The Packers got a 32-18 win against the Rams while holding them to only 244 yards. Combine that with the offense, and this team should be considered a legitimate force for another Super Bowl. It’s now been four straight games of holding opponents under 20 points.

That will be a lot more difficult the next time around, though.

Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.

Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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