Pregame warmup: Packers must defend run better without Burnett

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 28, 2015 – 6:29 pm

GREEN BAY — The Packers’ defense against the run has taken on two forms through two weeks. First, the unit struggled on the edges and missed too many tackles in Week 1 as Chicago’s Matt Forte piled up 141 yards on the ground. Then, last week, it was the difference in the game, as the Packers held Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch to just 41 yards on 15 carries.

The biggest difference personnel-wise was the return of S Morgan Burnett in Week 2 after he missed the opener, but Burnett is out again after re-aggravating his calf injury in practice this past week. The Packers will have to compensate for Burnett’s absence against the run as they try to contain Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles tonight at Lambeau Field.

Micah Hyde will start in Burnett’s place, but the Packers are thin at safety, with Sean Richardson also inactive due to an ankle injury. That leaves only three healthy safeties for tonight in Hyde, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Chris Banjo.

One thing the Packers’ defense has done consistently through the first two games is come up with big turnovers in the fourth quarter. For more on that, click here.

Long layoff: The Chiefs come in as healthy as can be, not having played a game for 11 days. They lost to the Denver Broncos in the final minute back on Thursday, Sept. 17, to fall to 1-1.

Two in a row: Monday night’s game marks the second straight that the Packers will face a team whose GM previously worked on the personnel staff of Packers GM Ted Thompson. Chiefs GM John Dorsey served as Green Bay’s director of college scouting from 2000-11 and as director of football operations in 2012.

Last week, it was Seahawks GM John Schneider who previously worked under Thompson. Later this season, the Packers will also face the Oakland Raiders, whose GM is Reggie McKenzie. He also worked for several years under Thompson in the Packers organization.

Long time no see: Due to a quirk in the schedule rotation four years ago, this is the Chiefs’ first visit to Lambeau Field in the regular season since 2003. Kansas City won that game in overtime, and in fact, the Chiefs have won all three games played between the two teams in Green Bay. The others were in 1989 and 1990.

The only other game between the two teams played in Wisconsin was in 1973 at Milwaukee County Stadium, and it ended in a tie.

Chalk them off: Back in 2007, the Chiefs became the last team Packers QB Brett Favre defeated to be able to say he had beaten all 31 other NFL teams as Green Bay’s signal caller. Aaron Rodgers has never beaten the Chiefs, losing in 2011 in his only game against them. How close is Rodgers to “beating the league”? Check out this week’s “One Last Look.”


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