By Zach Kruse
Several individual mistakes helped create an easy touchdown for Marvin Jones during the Green Bay Packers’ road loss to the Detroit Lions last Sunday.
Miss a jam here, vacate a zone there, and a score that never should have happened handed the Lions seven points before the half.
The Packers defense is struggling inside the red zone, where defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has focused time and energy on improving his group ahead of Monday night’s matchup with the San Francisco 49ers.
“The red zone stuff was the most discouraging in Detroit. Did we get put in some bad situations? Of course, that happens in football,” Pettine said. “We have to find ways to stop people in the red zone. Those are four-point situations. We want to take the ball away, but at the very minimum we want to force the field goal attempt. When you’re not doing that, that’s going to get you beat real fast.”
The Packers are allowing touchdowns on 62.5 percent of opponent trips inside the red zone, which is tied for 20th in the NFL. The Lions were perfect on four chances last week, with two short LeGarrette Blount runs and two Matthew Stafford touchdown passes creating 28 points for Detroit inside Green Bay’s 20-yard...