PackCap: Packers Wake Up At Right Time To Defeat Jacksonville
Green Bay Packers played lifeless football through three quarters yesterday. Green Bay looked like they would rather be in several different places. The problem with the Packers needing to find their juice is a real issue. They trailed in the fourth quarter to 1-7 Jacksonville by three points. Green Bay put together one great drive to go ahead 24-20, and the defense was able to hold on from there. Not the prettiest win you’ll ever see from the Packers, but they got it done when it mattered the most.
Player of the Game: Marquez Valdes-Scantling – What a game for MVS. He followed up his two-touchdown performance against San Francisco with four catches, 149 yards, and one touchdown. Valdes-Scantling did not have a drop in this game. He is having a good year from yards and touchdown perspective. The drops are a real issue, but you can see the potential there with him. More and more I watch him, the more and more he has a chance to be another James Jones or Davante Adams.
Honorable Mention: Packers’ Safety position – Green Bay’s safeties stepped it up today with the absence of Jaire Alexander and Kevin King. Adrian Amos came up with an interception. And Darnell Savage saved a touchdown in the first half. Both Amos and Savage have been playing good football in the last few weeks. Having those guys as the last line of defense is a good feeling.
One Thing I Liked: Packers found a way to win – Look this game wasn’t pretty, and Green Bay sucked throughout it. Yet it is still nice they found a way to win the game. There are years in the past where Green Bay wouldn’t get this victory. This game felt more like 2019 than 2020 but the result is all the same. With Green Bay’s win, they’re top in the NFC.
One Thing I Didn’t Like: Green Bay needs to find their juice – Talked about this on the podcast, but it bears repeating here. Green Bay cannot come out lifeless again in front of no fans. I get it sucks. I get it’s not the same. But they need to find some energy early in this game. If it means a more active sideline, go for it. Aaron Rodgers seemed to mention that Green Bay doesn’t do any of their in-game stuff currently which makes me think it has a practice-like feel to it.
Next up: Green Bay heads to Indianapolis. This is a place that has been a horror show for Green Bay. Green Bay has never won at Indianapolis. NEVER. That’s crazy. Streaks are meant to be broken, right? Indianapolis is a very good defense which we saw gave Green Bay some issues against Tampa Bay.