PackCap: Rodgers Rolls As Packers Bounce Back
When things go completely wrong the game before, it is always nice when the next game is one that the team should win. Case in point, the Green Bay Packers. They were smoked by the San Francisco 49ers then the next week they saw New York Giants on their schedule. While you don’t want to take any team lightly, the 2-9 Giants seemed like a beatable squad. They were that as Green Bay handled their business and won 31-13 over the Giants to get their ninth win of the year.
Player of the Game: Aaron Rodgers – This is a good one from the Green Bay quarterback. Rodgers scored four touchdowns with no interceptions going 21 for 33. Even though the offense did not look great, Rodgers kept cooking and made some great plays with his feet. This is probably the most mobile he’s looked all year. The Packers quarterback talked about getting ‘hot’ in the final month of the year, and he started firing up those embers. If Rodgers gets rolling to finish the year, look out.
Honorable Mention: Allen Lazard – What a game from Lazard despite only getting three targets. Lazard made the most of it. He had three catches for 101 yards. The Packers rookie wide receiver planted the flag as the second wide receiver on this team. Lazard had fewer snaps than Geronimo Allison, and that needs to change in the coming weeks. Lazard is a magnet to the football, and it is clear that Rodgers trusts him in the passing game.
One Thing I Liked: The defense forced turnovers again – Daniel Jones is a turnover machine. On the podcast last week, I called him caucasian Jameis and he looked that way on Sunday. Jones threw three interceptions. Two right to the defenders with Kevin King and Darnell Savage coming up with big grabs. Tramon Williams also got himself a pick in his own right. This is the first time since the Dallas game where Green Bay had three turnovers.
One Thing I Didn’t Like: The running game stalls again – It is clear to me that the secret is out with how Matt LaFleur wants to run the football. Teams are selling out for it and it’s working with another rough day for Aaron Jones/Jamaal Williams combination. He needs to shake things up in that part of the offense. I would like to see LaFleur try some different things next week.
Next up: Green Bay heads home to play the Washington Redskins. Green Bay will try to win their second straight game while Washington is trying to win their third straight game which is wild. This is a tough environment for Haskins. Packers could frustrate him and continue to get right after their San Francisco struggles.