Well, the Green Bay Packers handily defeated the New York Giants during a road game. It’s hard to get too excited given the fact that this game was theirs to lose. While they didn’t quite wash away the stink from last week’s loss to the 49ers, they managed to make a respectable showing considering the circumstances. Packer fans were in abundance in the crowd as chants of “Go Pack Go” could be heard throughout the game. This was Green Bay’s chance to release some aggression and that’s what they did.
Defensively, no sacks this game but the the Packers did claim 3 interceptions — again, it’s the Giants and they’re up against rookie QB Daniel Jones. After the Giants’ loss to the Patriots, this was Jones’ second-worst game this season as far as his QB rating — he was 35.2 against the Patriots on the road and 49.4 yesterday at home against the Packers. The three interceptions were by: S Darnell Savage, CB Tramon Williams, and CB Kevin King.
Offensively, I gotta be honest, I expected a bit more from QB Aaron Rodgers in this game. He went 21 for 33 with 4 TDs and 0 INTs for 243 yards. Not too shabby, unless, of course, you’re playing one of the worst teams in the league.
RB Jamaal Williams showed his bulldozing abilities while RB Aaron Jones did not have that great of a game with 18-yards between 11 carries. In fact, Rodgers claimed more rushing yards with 24 across 3 attempts. Jones is still the man, but he just hasn’t stood out much the two previous weeks.
As for receivers, WR Davante Adams was back at the top of his game with 6 receptions for 64-yards and 2 TDs. Adams potentially had a 3rd TD, but defensive interference kept that from happening. WR Allen Lazard only managed 3 receptions but was able to haul in 103 yards and a TD. Lazard’s stock continues to rise.
I want to make something clear about my admiration for Lazard as a Packers receiver: it’s not that I think he is so great of a player(he needs to show consistency over 2+ years and then I’ll be impressed) — it’s the obvious fact that Rodgers likes and trusts him. A good QB/WR relationship and trust bond is great for any team, but I’d argue it’s extra important for someone with a personality like Rodgers.
As I was saying previously about Marquez Valdes-Scantling, that relationship just isn’t there between him and Rodgers. You can be the greatest WR known to mankind, but if you and Rodgers do not connect mentally and on a personal level, you are better off playing for a different team while you are in your prime. That’s the kind of QB Rodgers is. It’s not that Lazard is so great — it’s that he fits in well with the offense. Ultimately, that’s what matters.
Yeah, Lazard brought his A-game against one of the worst teams in the NFL. But the reality is that all the Packers receivers were playing the same team because that’s how it works. Who stood out? WR Allen Lazard and WR Davante Adams. Rodgers did target MVS in the end zone during the 2nd quarter but the coverage on him was too tight to make anything happen. He was targeted twice while WR Geronimo Allison was targeted 3 times, Lazard 3 times, and Adams 10 times. The other three made it happen.
As Packer fans, our attention now focuses on the Monday Night Football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks. Needless to say, we are all Seahawks fans tonight. Here are some Vikings memes to aid your trash talking on social media. Also, here are the betting lines for that game from Sportsline:
Seahawks vs. Vikings spread: Seattle -3
Seahawks vs. Vikings over-under: 50 points
Seahawks vs. Vikings money line: Seattle -149, Minnesota +127
I’m not so sure MVS’s problem is that he can’t connect mentally with Rodgers, or on a personal level. The issue maybe what the scouting reports say it is. But then again, what do i know.
If i remember correctly, Rodgers has vocally spoke up on MVS behalf
But, anyway you look at it, this is still a mess. But Lazard had a nice game, and i couldn’t have been happier for M. Lewis to get a TD grab..
Did any one see Rodgers rip on MVS when they came off the field after a failed 3rd down attempt for a first. He looked furious while he was demonstrating what MVS should have been paying attention to when he put his hands up to each side of his helmet while barking out signals. It almost seems that Rodgers really has it in for MVS.
I’m no longer going to look at skillset or route running or hands or anything when it comes to a Packer receiver’s chance to do well in the league.
Any receiver that Rodgers has a high opinion of, even if they play terribly like Adams in his early days, seems to get better. Any receiver that Rodgers calls out on TV seems to do worse and eventually gets cut.
Rodgers speaking up for MVS also may be an attempt to boost confidence as well. He may not have 100% meant it, but probably thinks he is capable and just needs positive reinforcement
There are a lot of things the Packers need to improve on, that is for certain! But I do believe that two of their weaknesses have become a little less worrisome. I have always appreciated a good TE. M. Lewis IS a good TE. Rodgers knows this as well. He will start coming into play more often down the stretch. Very capable, with lots of finesse and good hands. Lazard is a gamer. I can feel it. He can lay out for a pass, get the jump ball, or lose his coverage. I believed this way BEFORE the Giant’s game. He just seems to have that intangible that does not come around that often. He plays with verve. Lazard may be a difference maker . . . stranger things have happened. Watch these two take larger role’s to finish out the season. Just a feeling.