Playmakers Emerging for Surging Packers
The Packers earned a second straight win today vs. the Rams and are above .500 for the first time this year. The story today was the playmakers. Great teams find a way to make plays and it’s the playmakers who make it happen. Green Bay has to continue to find a way to get the ball into their hands each week and the results will be fruitful.
Randall Cobb was magnificent today with his first 2-TD game of his career. Many have been calling for the Pack to get the ball into Cobb’s hands and today proved why. On more than one occasion, Rodgers flipped a short pass to Cobb behind or near the line of scrimmage and he gained his yards with his feet. With Aaron Rodgers dealing with a sore calf, his mobility was limited today. Cobb made up for that when the pocket was closing in.
Jordy Nelson put together another solid outing. He was constantly open and had several catches for 7+ yards to keep drives moving and the clock rolling. He muscled his way for some extra yardage and showed, once again, that his size is an advantage for him. The TD catch was more Jordy being Jordy. Great chemistry with Rodgers on the back shoulder and just went up and got it.
James Jones had a few key catches today and continues to be very effective in the place of the injured Greg Jennings. Jones has honed in on being a primary target of late and will create a huge headache for opposing defenses when Jennings returns.
Clay Matthews just won’t quit. He had the Packers’ only true sack today and was the only defender who even sniffed Rams QB Sam Bradford. His motor is high and he is very disruptive. On one pass attempt he got a hand on a short pass by Bradford, which is something he has done many times in the past. Unfortunately the ball was still completed for a long play but Matthews gives the other defenders a chance to make plays as defenses have to account for and slide protection to him.
And last but not least, what more can be said about the play of rookie CB Casey Hayward? He had another INT today to bring his NFL-leading total to four on the season. He now has an INT in three straight games. He covered well and is playing beyond his rookie stature. Much like Jones filling in for Jennings, Hayward filled in brilliantly for the injured Sam Shields today. And with the return of CB Davon House, the Packers have some excellent depth in their secondary.
The Pack take their winning streak home to Lambeau Field next week to host the Jacksonville Jaguars. Be on the lookout for a preview of that one later this week.——————
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