The Packers looked like a title contender Sunday, but it may be too early to tell. The Packers rolled past the Lions with a 21 point victory in an impressive showing. The offense looked like a well-oiled machine. However, with back to back 40 plus point outings, the Packers have their first real test next week in New Orleans. Let’s take a look at the good and bad.
Aaron Jones and Aaron Rodgers were in a familiar situation when Davante Adams left the game with a hamstring injury. The Packers were 4-0 last season when number 17 went down with turf toe. In a game today where Adams was expected to have a field day, he went down early with a hamstring injury. Aaron Jones stepped up to the task though. The young star showed again why he should get paid. He tallied 18 carries for 168 rushing yards. Additionally, he led the team in receptions and receiving yards with four catches for 68 yards.
Aaron Rodgers once again played great. Rodgers had 240 yards through the air and completed 18 of 30 passes. Rodgers tacked on two touchdowns through the air putting him at six on the season. He now has two straight games with a passer rating of over 100. The Packers will need to carry all this momentum into a huge matchup with NFC contenders New Orleans next Sunday Night.
The Defense gave up a few plays in the run game early but woke up after going down 14-3. Chandon Sullivan played an amazing game with two passes defended and a pick-six. He is truly starting to look like the starting corner the Packers wanted him to be.
The Packers were missing Kenny Clark already, but they also lost some other stars to injury. Hopefully, the injuries are not too serious and all the guys will be healthy soon. However, losing guys like Davante Adams, Corey Linsley, and Tyler Ervin could prove detrimental for the Pack against The Saints.
The biggest issue for the Packers through two weeks has to be dropped passes on offense. Jace Sternberger recorded two alone today. Also, Marquez Valdes-Scantling added one more to his two from last week. The Packers wideouts behind Davante Adams have definitely been better than what the media expected, but have a lot of room to improve. MVS dropped what would have been an easy first down, and Sternberger dropped to chances at ten to fifteen yard plays. The team will have to clean this up against a Saints team that will look to capitalize on every mistake.
Players to Watch Going Forward
- Rashan Gary – 1.5 Sacks
- Chandon Sullivan – 2 Passes Defended, Pick Six
- Allen Lazard – 3 Receptions, 45 Yards