Sunday’s game against the Raiders was one for the history books as Aaron Rodgers achieved a first-in-career perfect QB rating of 158.3 — he also became the fastest QB to hit the 350 TD stat. Late career Rodgers had the game of his career. Of course, the Raiders’ pass defense is a sad joke(31st in the league now with 289.8 yards per game), but he did it without his #1 WR(Davante Adams) and also managed to spread the ball around to keep the Raiders guessing. Rodgers is now ranked 5th in the league for passing yards so far this season.
Jimmy Graham Didn’t Suck
Let’s get one thing out of the way first: He still has a long way to go before he is worthy of his current lucrative salary. One good performance does not a superstar make(Droppin that Aristotle on y’all).
Graham had 4 receptions for 65 yards and has seemingly learned the importance of using two hands to catch a football. I’m still wondering if his one-handed efforts were him hiding an injury but who knows. He’s still a nice guy off the field, but nice personalities alone do not move the ball up the field.
Offense Was Productive All Four Quarters
This one speaks for itself. We’re seeing Rodgers et al become more and more comfortable with head coach Matt LaFleur’s new offense and it shows. This time it was a win that wasn’t as ugly as some of the rest of this season. Inconsistent offenses might make their way to the playoffs, but they certainly do not get far beyond that.
Packers’ Red-Zone Defense Ain’t Nothin to Fuck With
Commenter “Howard” mentioned it prior to the game that this particular stat is where Green Bay shines and the Raiders simply do not. That reflected well on the game this past Sunday as the Raiders were continually stuffed in the red-zone — Raiders QB Derek Carr even had an end-zone fumble in a desperate attempt to score against the stingy Packers red-zone defense.
At 381 yards per game(26th in the league), the Packers defense hype has quieted down a bit but they still rank 9th in the league with an average of 19.9 points per game allowed. Let that sink in. Teams are marching up the field against the Packers but are either turning the ball over or settling for field goals. That and Rodgers’ fast-thinking is mostly why we’re 6-1. Also, unlike the Patriots, the Packers have faced a lot of talented teams so far this season.
ILB Blake Martinez is #1 in the league for total tackles in 2019
My man Blake had 8 tackles and 8 assists against the Raiders putting him at the top of the league with a combined 76 tackles so far this season. Martinez seems well on his way to topping his current season best of 144 total tackles(2017 and 2018).