Star Ratings: Packers-Steelers
As always, here’s the star ratings from the Packers-Steelers. To be honest, I didn’t expect we would be talking about so many good things that Green Bay did yesterday, but here we are. You just wish they had an opportunity to win this game in overtime. There’s no saying what would have happened, but you’d like to see the Packers offense get another shot. For the third consecutive time, Green Bay-Pittsburgh played a regular season. Let’s hope when they play again in four years, Rodgers is on the field for the Packers. Here’s the ratings.
Brett Hundley – I debated on where Brett Hundley would fall in the ratings, but it’s clear he deserves a top spot. Here’s the thing about him last night, he faced all sorts of criticism all week plus a tough as nails Steelers defense and was awesome. Hundley played his best game of his career on the national stage. It’s too bad they couldn’t finish, but he showed a ton of promise which is great as he’ll face two bad defenses in the next two weeks.
Davante Adams – Pay the man his money! Davante Adams is the new number one receiver in town. That may changed with Rodgers’ return, but honestly, you’re looking at the best receiver on the Packers roster. Tae made a couple beautiful plays in this one including the shake to free him up wide open down the sidelines for a 55-yard touchdown, and the 4th down catch to keep Green Bay’s drive alive late in the fourth. He’s worth all of the money, and I hope Green Bay will pay it.
Damarious Randall – One of the underlooked storylines of the last month is Damarious Randall continually finding ways to make big plays. Randall has four interceptions in his last seven games. He held Ben Roethlisberger to a passer rating of 8 percent per PFF when targeted last night. Sure, Pittsburgh did not have dynamic receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, but still, Randall finally found a position where he can make an impact.
Mike Daniels – Sure, LeVe’on Bell had himself a decent day on the ground, but I didn’t really think he ever broke one deep. Just like Green Bay did with Ezekiel Elliott earlier this season, they made the star running back earn every yard. Daniels played a large role in that clogging up the middle and providing a strong game with Kenny Clark being out with an injury. Overall, the Packers run defense still held up on Sunday night.
Corey Linsley – The offensive line deserves some credit for how they moved the defense to spring Jamaal Williams for a couple big runs in this game as well as their screen work. Corey Linsley joins the ratings fun. He did a good job inside controlling the pass rush for the most part. I do think some of those slot blitzes are going to be something Green Bay works on next week as Tampa will try to emulate.
Jordy Nelson – Poor Jordy. We’ve really seen a harsh reality with the Packers star wide receiver. He needs Aaron Rodgers to be a top flight wide receiver. Maybe, that’s too spicy of a take, but what has Nelson done to make you think otherwise? Could the age of Nelson be getting him? We’ll see. Hopefully, Green Bay will try to free him up for a big play next week like they did with Randall Cobb this Sunday.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix – Rough game for the safeties of the Packers. They had no answer for Antonio Brown. Despite Dom Capers trying to double on a regular basis, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Josh Jones struggled to keep up with the star receiver. Brown had a day going off for 10 catches, 169 yards and two touchdowns. It’s not all the safeties’ fault, but they played a role in not stopping Brown.
Third down defense – What’s it going to take for Green Bay to figure out teams on third down. If anything that might cost Dom Capers his job, it is the fact he cannot get a team to leave the field on third down. When I see the graphic read – ‘3rd and five’, it’s the scariest thing about being a Packers fan right now. This team cannot get off the field. Pittsburgh finished 8-for-13 on third downs. That’s pathetic.