Packers’ defense bends, but doesn’t break

Green Bay Packers' Adrian Amos celebrates with teammates after intercepting a pass during the...
Green Bay Packers' Adrian Amos celebrates with teammates after intercepting a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)(Nam Y. Huh | AP)
Published: Jan. 3, 2021 at 9:34 PM CST
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WSAW) - The defense, what some call the Packers weak link, took it’s shots Sunday against the Bears. Through it all, they held strong.

The number one seed might not mean much if the defense struggles, and they know what they have to to win.

“It’s our job to minimize the bleed and it’s our job to stop them there,” safety Adrian Amos said.

Championship defense. That’s how Rodgers described this defense last week.. This week wasn’t that, but it got the job done.

“It’s one thing to be contained on the outside, but to be able to contain a scrambling quarterback too. That’s tough to do,” Davante Adams said.

The Bears were one-for-five in the red zone. They held the ball for over 35 minutes, but put just 16 points on the board.

“We try not to make the same mistakes that we make early in the year in the red zone,” Amos explained.

It’s a simple philosophy, but it’s led to a defense that looks more competent in week 17 then week 1

“They’re playing more energy, more emotion. Playing together. Really focused at their 1/11. Doing their job at the best of their ability,” head coach Matt LaFleur said.

Add more big plays to that mix

“Each and every game, you’re going to have crucial moments where you have to make plays cause you never know when that’s going to happen,” Amos said.

Amos did his part with a 4th quarter interception proving to be the dagger, but there’s one aspect of this game they’ll work on--- they just couldn’t put away drives.

“It’s those letting them get to them short yard situations where we don’t want to put ourselves in a situation to be third and one. 4th and one,” Amos explained.

“There was a little bit of bend there, but no break. Anytime you hold a team in this league to 16 points, I think that’s a pretty good day,” LaFleur added.

But they have one week to rest up, with goals down and one more to go

“It’s time to rest up, fix the little things that we’ve done wrong and be prepared for whoever the next opponent is,” Amos said.

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