With Davante Adams on the shelf, the Green Bay Packers will go right back to their gameplan against Dallas: Get the ball in the hands of Aaron Jones and watch him do his thing against Detroit.
Aaron Nagler of Cheesehead TV takes a look at what the Packers need to do to get the win tonight on Monday Night Football:
Against Dallas, the plan was to get the ball in the hands of Aaron Jones both via the run and the pass, and obviously this worked a treat. You can bet Lions head coach Matt Patricia, coming from the Belichick school of game planning to take away the best thing you do every week and make someone else beat you, will be building his game plan around stopping Jones.
In the past, this may have seemed like folly with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, but given the unproven nature of the wide receivers he has to throw to, not to mention the return of one of the best corners in football in Darrius Slay, Patricia will most likely feel comfortable committing to stopping Jones.
Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will be attacking the Packers 26th ranked run defense early and often. Last week, the Cowboys looked to be able to do what they wanted on the ground until the score got out of hand and they were forced to take to the air. I expect the Lions to have similar early success, forcing Mike Pettine to either play heavy personnel or bring an extra body into the box from the secondary. Neither one of these are appealing options with Stafford at QB. The veteran signal caller was outstanding last year at adjusting things at the line of scrimmage against whatever Pettine threw at him and taking advantage. The Packers need to be able to play coverage and stop the run with a four man front, or it is going to be a long day.
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