Packers miss season-high 16 tackles in loss to Steelers

The Green Bay Packers hit a new low for tackling on Sunday against Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

According to data collected by Pro Football Focus, the Packers missed 16 total tackles against the Steelers, setting a new season high in 2023.

The team’s previous high was 13 misses, which most recently happened in Denver during a loss to the Broncos.

The majority of the damage was done against the run, where the Packers missed 10 tackles. Overall, the Steelers gained 119 yards after first contact and averaged 3.5 yards after first contact per rush. Warren forced a game-high nine missed tackles as a runner, three more as a receiver and had five runs of 10 or more yards.

The Packers had six players miss two or more tackles and nine total players miss at least one. Safety Rudy Ford was the worst offender with three misses, but edge rusher Lukas Van Ness, cornerback Corey Ballentine, linebacker Isaiah McDuffie, safety Jonathan Owens and defensive lineman Kenny Clark all missed two.

Of the players who played at least 15 snaps for the Packers defense, only five didn’t have a missed tackle against the Steelers.

Tackling has been hit or miss for the Packers all season. Last week, the defense had just two misses against the Los Angeles Rams. But the defense also struggled mightily in the tackle department during losses to the Broncos and Detroit Lions.

It doesn’t get any easier in terms of tackling this week. The Packers will welcome dynamic Chargers running back Austin Eckler to Lambeau Field in Week 11.

Story originally appeared on Packers Wire