Star Ratings: Bengals-Packers
Green Bay Packers survived the Cincinnati Bengals, 27-24 in overtime yesterday. Green Bay had their first overtime win since 2007, and Aaron Rodgers cured a lot of demons on Sunday afternoon. It was the first time the Packers star quarterback beat Cincinnati, won a game where he was sacked more than six times and won an overtime game. That’s a pretty good afternoon. To me, that was one of the better Packers games we’ve witnessed with a 14-point comeback to win in an extra period.
Josh Jones – Remember the Josh Jones hype train in training camp? It’s only going to get bigger in the regular season, Jones made himself known to Packers nation yesterday with 12 tackles, three tackles for losses and two sacks. Jones played like a missile running down the field to make a play. My guess is we’ll see Jones again on Thursday night roaming the defense. He adds an element to this team.
Aaron Rodgers – Sure, he had a pick-six, but what Aaron Rodgers did in the second half was surgical. He finished with 314 yards and three touchdowns with a passer rating of 102.3. This is the third straight game where Rodgers threw for over 300 yards. He’s off to a fast start, and that’s a beautiful thing to see. The numbers would have looked better if he got bailed out by three third down drops.
Blake Martinez – It’s worth being excited for Blake Martinez. He struggled a little early on covering the middle of the field, but he came up majorly when it came to stopping the run. Martinez finished the game with 11 tackles with seven of them coming on his own. He did a great job in limiting Andy Dalton and this Bengals offense after the first quarter where it looked like Cincinnati might score 50.
Jordy Nelson – For someone with a quad injury, Jordy Nelson played really strong. He finished with 57 yards but pulled in two touchdowns including the game-tying grab with under 30 seconds left to go in the game. That was one of the hardest catches to make with Rodgers threading an ultra-tight needle. Good to see the Green Bay receiver played healthy throughout the contest.
Geronimo Allison – Drip. Drop. Geronimo Allison is looking like a strong player for this Packers team. He finishes with 122 yards and six receptions. Allison established himself as a go-to receiver for Rodgers when players are out with injury like Randall Cobb, or they can use him as part of a four-wide spread offense concept. You’ll see a lot more of Allison this season.
Lance Kendricks – The first time we’ve really seen anything this year from Kendricks. He grabbed the first touchdown then he made a 41 yard catch on one of the first plays of the second half to put Green Bay in scoring position. If you can get 50 to 70 yards from Kendricks per game, the Green Bay offense will be hard to beat.
Ahmad Brooks – He did not do much, but a nice game from Ahmad Brooks who ended up getting his first sack as a Packer. We saw some different things with their pass rush rotating Kyler Fackrell and Brooks, yet, the veteran appears to be the superior player between the two.
Ty Montgomery – While he continued to see quite the workload, there was nothing that really impressed me with Ty Montgomery. He only rushed for 35 yards, and while thrown to by Rodgers eight times, he only accounted for 15 yards. That’s not a good average. Monty needs to do more when Rodgers uses as a safety valve.
Kyle Murphy – While the Packers tackle did okay at right tackle, it’s clear that Kyle Murphy isn’t a left tackle. Carl Lawson, the rookie out of Auburn, ate his lunch all day long. Not a great look for Murphy, and you hope that David Bakhtiari can come back on Thursday.
Martellus Bennett – Marty B continues to struggle in a Packers uniform. I don’t think it’s a cause for a concern, but you always want to see a new free agent perform well. Right now, Kendricks is outperforming Bennett.