SnoTapWI Star Ratings: Packers vs. Cowboys
Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys are one of the best rivalries in sports. Sometimes, that gets forgotten because they do not play every year. In the 90s, Cowboys dominated it with most of the games weirdly being played in Texas. In the 00s, Packers have been awesome versus Dallas especially in Texas. They’re 5-0 at AT&T Stadium with four of those wins against the Cowboys plus one Super Bowl win with their win on Sunday. Packers win 34-24, stay in first place in the NFC North and continue their impressive start to the season.
Five Stars: Will Redmond – In our recap, we talked about Aaron Jones and Kevin King. Both of those guys were five stars. Do you know who also played like a five-star player on Sunday? Will Redmond. He was awful against Philadelphia. Redmond got concussed in that game too. He bounced back in a major way. He played strong on special teams along with playing that rover safety position. Redmond caused an interception with his defense of a Cowboys defender. Redmond is a young defender and maybe we’re starting to see him at his best.
Other five stars: Kevin King, Aaron Jones
Four Stars: Za’Darius Smith – There were some great things from Mr. Smith and his counterpart Mr. Preston Smith. Za’Darius took advantage of Tyrion Smith being out with an injury. He looked great out there. Yes, he’s battling an injury and Green Bay needs to figure out how to manage his snaps so he doesn’t break down. But it appears that his knee issue is not slowing him down at all. He used Ray Lewis’ comments as motivation and made a statement in this game.
Other four stars: Lucas Patrick, Preston Smith
Three Stars: Chandon Sullivan – This is defense-heavy, but for good reason, they played really well in this game. Chandon Sullivan is an undrafted free agent that Brian Gutekunst picked out of Philadelphia. Sullivan made an amazing interception grab, and he nearly got himself another one late in the game. Dime corners are something the Packers have been up and down on throughout the years. Sullivan showcases the depth of the Packers secondary.
Other three stars: Aaron Rodgers, JK Scott, Jimmy Graham
Two Stars: Jaire Alexander – Yes, another secondary member, but Alexander did not have a great game. Man, he looked overmatched against Amari Cooper. Alexander made a nice interception in the first quarter, but other than that, things went to complete fucking hell for him. Alexander struggled with Cooper and his aggressive nature did not help things. Part of me wonders if Mike Pettine should have moved Kevin King to Cooper then put Alexander on Michael Gallup.
Other two stars: Packers kickoff team, Ron Tolbert’s crew
One Star: Packers wide receivers not named Davante Adams – Woof, that was bad. They had 55 yards with four total catches. Things are going to get loud about needing another receiver. Look, I get it. But we should be impressed with the fact Green Bay put up 34 points without any help from his receiving core. These guys need to get on the same page with Rodgers. I’m not sure if the plays are too complex or if other guys need more action like Jake Kumerow and Darrius Shepherd.
Other one stars: Packers second-half offense
We’re on to Week 6