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While Packers coach Matt LaFleur didn’t especially enjoy questions about how his offense has struggled in the red zone in the first five games this season compared to last year — the unit has gone from a league-best 80% touchdown rate to 55% so far this season — those questions could easily have been focused on the defense’s problems in the same area of the field.

No one in the NFL put six defensive backs on the field to play dime defense over the past two seasons more than ex-Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Before Pettine and head coach Matt LaFleur parted ways after Pettine’s contract expired following last January’s NFC Championship game loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Packers played their dime defense on 49.8% of their defensive snaps in 2019 and 48.8% of their defensive snaps last season.

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