Chargers formula vs. Packers: Hunter Henry and Aaron Jones
Step 2: Take Advantage of Henry in a mismatch
The Packers simply aren’t very good vs. tight ends, and using Henry a lot in blocking and receiving schemes is a must. The Packers are 28th in defending tight ends. It may not even be crazy to suggest some two-tight end sets, using Henry and Green for receiving and maybe Henry and Lance Kendricks for blocking.
This was very successful in key drives for the Eagles in their win over the Packers, using Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. The Packers’ defense doesn’t have many holes or areas it is weak in, so it’s imperative to take advantage of some mismatches. This isn’t a guarantee to winning the game, as the Packers have only been beaten once, but causing trouble with the tight ends can force the Packers’ defense to adjust.
Step 3: Slowing down the other Aaron
The Chargers can only hope to contain Aaron Rodgers. However, they may be able to do a little better against Aaron Jones when trying to stifle the running attack. The Packers are 3-1 when Jones doesn’t rush for at least 50 yards, with their wins coming by 6.3 points on average. When Jones gets 50 or more yards, Green Bay is 4-0, winning by 10 points on average.
It’s a small margin, but that’s where NFL games are won or lost. Stifling Jones and the dynamic Green Bay rushing attack is pretty much a four to seven-point swing, and that’s especially important when the Chargers have struggled to score, even in wins this season.