After last week’s garbage in Washington the Green Bay Packers needed a win. Enter the Buffalo Bills.
Even though the Bills destroyed the Minnesota Stinkings last week, we knew this was coming. The Bills employ rookie quarterback Josh Allen. Not only does he look like he just came out of the womb, but he played like it on Sunday, too.
Allen had a rating of 36.3 on the day.
That’s the thing about rookie quarterbacks. They’re kind of uneven.
And the Packers came after the kid. After not registering a sack last week, the Packers had seven against the Bills.
Let’s run down that list: Kyler Fackrell, Blake Martinez, Reggie Gilbert, Jermaine Whitehead, Clay Matthews, Nick Perry.
Fackrell, who we have been highly critical of, had three sacks. He played the best game of his career on Sunday.
And we will also mention that it appears the league has gotten its shit together and stopped messing around with the roughing the passer nonsense. There was a hit on Aaron Rodgers in which someone came clean and clearly landed with his full body weight on top of Rodgers. No call.
And that’s fine.
On this day, it was the Packers’ defense that carried the day. You don’t get many shutouts in the NFL, but the Packers pitched one today at 22-0. Blake Martinez was solid as hell. Kenny Clark was stout up front, especially considering that Muhammad Wilkerson is down. And yes, I’m going to stop ragging on Ha Ha Clinton-Dix for the time being.
That hit and pick that he delivered on Kelvin Benjamin in the third quarter was amazing. Knocked Benjamin the hell out of the game. Clinton-Dix now has picks in three consecutive games. It’s worth pointing out that that he’s in a contract year, but it’s also possible he’s finally developed into the guy we all expected when he was drafted. It’s also possible he’s just a great fit for Mike Pettine’s defense.
Either way, aside from some early gaffes, the guy looks great this season.
On the other side of the ball, there are some concerns.
Let’s start by saying Aaron Rodgers didn’t have his best game. He looks more mobile than he has since injuring his knee, which is great. He threw one pick on a tipped ball, but easily could have had two more. He just didn’t seem to be at his sharpest, but those games happen. Rodgers is not a guy we are worried about.
What is worrying is the Packers continued failure to score touchdowns. Mason Crosby is swell and all, but this game should have been more than a 22-point win. Crosby kicked three field goals on the day. That’s good enough to beat the Bills, but two weeks ago he kicked five against the Vikings. You know how that worked out.
Things that were promising offensively? Aaron Jones is at the top of that list. After averaging 7.0 per carry last week, he averaged 5.9 this week. Led the team with 65 yards rushing, while Jamaal Williams averaged 2.5 per carry. But keep using this rotation system, Gravy Head.
It was also encouraging the way Gravy Head utilized Ty Montgomery early in the game. He carried five times for 18 yards and caught two balls for 56 yards. It’s clear the dynamic ability he can bring to the offense, especially as a receiver out of the backfield. You go ahead and cover that guy with a linebacker or safety. But again, let’s keep Jamaal Williams in that running back rotation, Gravy Head.
And finally, somehow, it seems Geronimo Allison has become Aaron Rodgers’ favorite receiver. Perhaps it’s the coverage, but Allison led the team with 80 receiving yards. He leads the team in receiving yards on the season. He also had two passes hit him in the hands that he dropped, and arguably a third if you want to count that toss to the end zone. Thing is, it’s basic football shit. Football 101, if you will. You make the window with your hands, which Allison did not do on any of those non-catches. And yet, Rodgers obviously trusts him, because he kept going back to him after the drops.
In the end, we’ll take it, though. The Packers need to improve in some areas, especially in putting points on the board. But hell, a win is a win is a win.