A look back at five mem­o­rable plays in the reg­u­lar sea­son

Packer Plus - - News - MARTIN HEN­DRICKS

It was a reg­u­lar sea­son of stel­lar highs and frus­trat­ing lows for the Green Bay de­fense in 2016.

The high­lights in­cluded a dom­i­nat­ing per­for­mance and five in­ter­cep­tions of Rus­sell Wil­son at Lam­beau Field in a stun­ning 38-10 rout of the Seat­tle Sea­hawks and big plays to help se­cure road vic­to­ries in Jack­sonville and Chicago.

The low­lights were a mid­sea­son four-game los­ing streak in which the de­fense sur­ren­dered 153 points, an av­er­age of 38 points per con­test. Co­or­di­na­tor Dom Ca­pers’ unit strug­gled in cov­er­age all sea­son after los­ing top cor­ner­back Sam Shields in the sea­son-opener and deal­ing with in­jured starters and back­ups for the next 15 games.

The de­fense ranked 21st in points al­lowed per game (24.2) and 22nd in to­tal de­fense (363.9), but rose up to turn a turnover ra­tio deficit into a plus-8 ad­van­tage dur- ing Green Bay’s do-or-die six-game win­ning streak to claim the NFC North Di­vi­sion ti­tle.

This week, Packer Plus presents our list of the five top plays by Green Bay’s de­fense in the reg­u­lar sea­son. Pack­ers fans can cast a vote at json­line.com/pack­vote. Our rank­ings, as well as vot­ing re­sults by fans, will be re­vealed in the next is­sue.

Here are the nom­i­na­tions for the top de­fen­sive plays in chrono­log­i­cal or­der:

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