Packers’ defense seeking to avoid ‘roller coaster moments’


Green Bay Packers’ Rashan Gary sacks Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

The Green Bay Packers’ defense can afford the occasional lapses that have marked their first two performances as long as their offense keeps scoring 40-plus points every game.

But the reality of the situation is that Green Bay’s defense must improve because its offense can’t maintain this electrifying pace all season.

Green Bay gave up touchdowns on the last three possessions of a 43-34 victory at Minnesota and the first two drives of a 42-21 victory over Detroit.

That defense must play better for the Packers to win Sunday night at New Orleans.

“We gotta start fast, we gotta stay fast, we gotta finish strong. We just can’t have any lapses or any up and down moments, any rollercoaster moments where we start off good and we have our dips and come back up,” Packers outside linebacker Preston Smith said. “We gotta kinda reach our peak and stay there and keep on rising.”

Not only that, but the Packers can’t let the Saints get off to a fast start, especially with Alvin Kamara staring at them across the defensive line.

Kamara has 241 yards from scrimmage and 4 touchdowns through two games.

“Anytime you’re going up against a back like Alvin Kamara, that’s always a difficult task to take upon yourself. Our guys are going to have to be flying to the football. They’re going to have to gang tackle this guy, because he is going to make people miss,” Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said.

The Packers face off against the Saints at 7:20 p.m. on Sunday Night Football.

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