SnoTapWI Star Ratings: Packers-Bears
For those who are new for the football season, star ratings are our way to focus on a few of the Packers players that deserve the credit for the win, or those who played well in the loss. We also focus on guys who did not play well. We work on a restaurant star scale with five stars being the best of the game to one star being the absolute worst (Shouts to Frank Fleming). Let’s waste no more time with our ratings.
Five Star: Z’Darius Smith – If you were to watch back the tape tonight, you would see Z’Darius Smith consistently in the backfield. He was the top player of the night in my mind from a simple ‘Who played the best’ perspective. As a Packers fan who watched Clay Matthews try to set the edge forever, it is refreshing to watch a guy who can do it in 2019 with the size and speed to affect the quarterback.
Other five stars: Adrian Amos, J.K. Scott
Four Star: Darnell Savage – To me, we’re going to have some fun with Savage. He nearly picked off three passes last night. There were multiple times where it looked like he was catching a football and running it the other way. He is a good player and looked ready to go out of the box. Bears offense isn’t exactly full of world-beaters, but they have talent. Savage handled his own there, and that’s all you can ask for.
Other four stars: Jimmy Graham, Preston Smith, Kenny Clark
Three Star: Aaron Rodgers – This isn’t perfect yet for Rodgers. There will be a ton of noise about playing preseason football. I’m not sure how much it would have mattered. I think the conversation gets louder if the teams who did have their starters go in the preseason have a successful Week 1 and 2. Rodgers still made some great throws like the one to Jimmy Graham or the deep ball to Marquez Valdes-Scantling but he did miss a few opportunities when they were there.
Other three stars: Jamaal Williams (Not great on the ground but really good on special teams), Tony Brown
Two Star: Aaron Jones – Like Rodgers, things were a bit of struggle for Aaron Jones. I will not be surprised if he gets off to a slow start considering the run defenses they’ll face in the coming weeks. Jones did have some holes and opportunities to make things happen out there in the third quarter. Running offense is still a work in progress for this team.
Other two stars: David Bakhtiari
One Star: Lane Taylor – What an awful game for Lane Taylor. I stand by what I said last week when Taylor won the job that it made sense to start a veteran against this experienced pass rush who might be the best in football, but yeesh, that was bad. He will have to be better against Minnesota because Green Bay cannot have the problems with the interior pass rush like they did last season.
Other one stars: Geronimo Allison, Billy Turner
Green Bay will head to Lambeau for their home opener against another division rival, the Minnesota Vikings.