Star Ratings: Packers-Bears
This was a pretty solid win by the Green Bay Packers. I know people want to make light of the Chicago Bears, but at the end of the day, they’re a frisky team. Chicago beat Pittsburgh at Soldier Field, and they nearly beat Atlanta, Minnesota, here as well. Packers get a win to keep themselves alive in the deep NFC playoff race along with the NFC North. It’s not over yet folks, and there were some encouraging signs in this game to look forward to next week.
Mike Daniels – What a game from Mike Daniels. He probably played the best game of his season since Week 1. Daniels got after the quarterback, and he made Jordan Howard’s day a nightmare. Daniels stepped up when the defense needed him to do so. That’s what leaders do, and Daniels did the damn thing. It does seem like when Daniels is playing at his highest level, the defense is at its peak.
Jaamal Williams – The fourth-round rookie had his moment against Chicago, and he did not waste it. Williams rushed for 67 yards after Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery both went down with injuries in this game. Williams had 55 yards after first contact and had some punishing runs out there. Jones is probably down for a few weeks, and we’ll see about Monty. Williams will likely get his first start next Sunday against Baltimore. Excited to see what he can do. Having more running backs that can help win games is not a bad thing.
Brett Hundley – Football is a weird spot. In the first half, I started to feel like ‘Wow, maybe this guy really does suck.’ But he continued to progress as the game went on. Hundley made some big boy throws to Davante Adams including the touchdown pass that was Aaron Rodgers-like. Hundley threw for 212 yards with no interceptions and a quarterback rating of 110.8. Hope his hamstring will be good for next week.
Randall Cobb – One underrated aspect of the Hundley experience has been the rebirth of Randall Cobb. He had another major play early in this one to step up the first scoring drive on a slant play that went for 38 yards. He finished with 52 yards on three catches plus had four runs in the game. Green Bay is trying to use Cobb more, and there are things to come with the Packers trying out more option-style football.
Davante Adams – Once again, we continue to see why Davante Adams will get paid this Spring. He deserves to be paid like a wide receiver one in this league. Adams continues to be the steady receiver for Hundley. He caught five balls for 90 yards including the near game-clincher for 42 yards. Adams should have added another to his total, but a bad drop happened as he heard football steps coming from Eddie Jackson.
John Fox – I’m bumping Fox up a star for giving the Packers the ball back on a challenge. What a hilarious bad decision by the Bears coach. I’m not sure why he felt a challenge was needed being two yards away with Howard in your backfield. Yet Fox went for it, and the realization came to be that it was a touchback giving Green Bay the football back. This would be the difference in Chicago having a tied game.
Davon House – We continue to see perimeter receivers burn Davon House. Last week, it was Marvin Jones. This week, it’s Josh Bellmey. One is a little more easier to deal with than the other. House needs to play less bump-and-run. He cannot simply compete with most guys’ speed right now and needs to adjust how he’s playing the corner position.
Justin Vogel – Cannot have mental errors to close out a football game. Simple as that. Packers special teams has to be better as a whole unit, but Vogel’s dropped hold stands out the most.
Always fun to beat the Bears; now it’s on to Baltimore to try for two straight wins.