The Green Bay Packers enter their bye week not only with a 9-3 record, but in control of their own destiny going forward. They remain atop of the NFC North Division, and can use this bye to get healthy in time for the home stretch. In fact, three of their last five games are at home and they have a chance to earn the NFC #1 seed. Going into the season, the matchups against the NFC West were circled on everyone’s calendar for being important games. Green Bay ends up going 4-0 against that division, and holds a tie breaker on both the Cardinals and Rams. Every week, PFF (Pro Football Focus) grades a player’s performance, and Green Bay did not disappoint. Here are the highest graded Green Bay players who contributed to the huge win over the Los Angeles Rams.
Rasul Douglas- 91.2
Douglas earned Green Bay’s highest grade this week, giving Stafford his third straight game with a pick six. Late in the third quarter, Douglas intercepted Stafford and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown, giving Green Bay a 36-17 lead. Douglas had a chance to grab a second interception, but he bobbled it on the way down. He ended with one interception, five total tackles, allowed a 53.8 NFL passer rating, and two passes defended. Green Bay could potentially get Jaire Alexander, whose been nursing a shoulder injury since week four, back after the bye. Douglas is making a strong case to be a starting CB behind Alexander and outstanding rookie Eric Stokes.
Krys Barnes- 89.4
Barnes was making plays all over the field, earning eight total tackles, four in which were defensive stops, and 1 quarterback pressure. He and De’Vondre Campbell continue to be a perfect tandem at the inside linebacker position. Barnes continues to be a dynamic playmaker with 20 defensive stopping tackles, ranked third with 42 total tackles, and defended one pass. He has thrived in this defense after being an undrafted rookie out of UCLA in 2017.
Randall Cobb- 87.7
Cobb left the game at halftime with a groin injury, but scored in the red zone to give Green Bay a 20-10 lead late in the second. He caught four of five targets for 95 receiving yards and one touchdown. Along with that, he was targeted deep twice for a 54 yard and 27 yard gain on different drives. This was clearly Cobb’s best game of the season with the 95 yards being his highest this season. In addition, he was his old reliable self on third down plays. He now has 28 receptions for 375 receiving yards and five touchdowns this season.
Aaron Rodgers- 85.8
Even though Rodgers didn’t practice all week while nursing a toe injury, he put up a dominant performance. He completed 28 of 45 passes, for 307 yards and two touchdowns, along with one rushing touchdown. He faked out Jalen Ramsey with the infamous pump fake to gain leverage on that rushing touchdown. The play was similar to the one he made in the 2020 Divisional round against the Rams. Along with a 62.2 completion percentage, he earned a 97.2 NFL passer rating. It’s just the fifth time this season he’s had a rating under one hundred. Even with a 9.5 yard ADOT (average depth of target), Rodgers completed two deep passes (20+) for 71 yards.
This bye week comes at a perfect time for not only Rodgers, but for David Bakhtiari to return this season. With Bakhtiari as the anchor on that offensive line, Rodgers will be better protected in the pocket. This season, when kept clean in the pocket, he has a 75.6 completion rating with an 18-1 TD-INT ratio. He also has his highest NFL passer rating of 120.5 when not under pressure.
Davante Adams- 80.2
Adams earns his fifth game this season with over 100 receiving yards, catching eight of nine targets for 104 receiving yards. With this performance, Adams put together the third season with over 1,000 receiving yards in his career. He only needs 304 receiving yards in these next five games to beat his career high of 1,386 receiving yards. He had a long gain of 43 yards that lead to a Green Bay 20-10 lead touchdown late in the second quarter. Adams has 80 catches through twelve games, averaging 13.5 yards per reception. He leads all wide receivers through the first twelve games with a 91.5 PFF grade.
Rashan Gary- 77.4
Gary missed last week’s game against the Vikings with an elbow injury, and was questionable this week. Having him back in the lineup helped this defense get constant pressure on Stafford, causing an interception and fumble. Gary doesn’t always pad the stats, but his dynamic play making ability lets other players make an impact. He ended the day with four total pressures, gaining his team leading seventh sack of the season. He also forced one fumble, had one quarterback hit and two hurries. Gary will maintain a role on this defense once Za’Darius Smith returns to the lineup. Through twelve weeks, Gary is still my pick for Green Bay’s breakout player of the year.
AJ Dillon- 77.4
The “QuadZilla” has been released, and continues to dominate opposing defenses. Even with the return of Aaron Jones, Dillon owned the backfield with 20 carries for 69 rushing yards. He added on five catches for 21 receiving yards and one touchdown. Dillon has grown into an all purpose running back. After just catching two passes last year, he already has 27 receptions through the first twelve games this season. Also, in the last five games Dillon has averaged 48 rushing yards after contact with a 3.08 yards after contact per attempt. He has 23 broken tackles this season, along with seven explosive runs of over ten yards. The Tandem between him and Aaron Jones will look to dominate down the home stretch after their bye week.