Welcome to this week's Packers edition of Live Game Grades and Analysis.
The destruction is over—so let's take a look at how some of the guys who played the most or are most critical shook out at the end of the game. All 'final' grades aren't averages of the previous grades, but my impression of how they did overall.
Aaron Rodgers 1st qtr: A+ - Final average A+
Postgame: Rodgers was pretty much flawless while in the game. It's a good thing he's tough though because the guys behind him are scary.
Graham Harrell 1st Qtr: DNP 2nd Qtr: C- 3rd QTR: B- FINAL GRADE: C
Yup, I took him down another grade. Harrell isn't totally to blame for the level of play but he didn't look good. I'd like to see him with the starting offensive line because then you'd know what you'd have for sure. It won't happen, but it should.
By the way, I am not mentioning BJ Coleman's brutal 30 seconds beyond those three words.
RUNNING BACKS FINAL GRADE: B-
Alex Green was fine, but nobody behind him played well. Cedric Benson will make for an interesting addition next week, but the backfield isn't very stable.
Wide Receiver Final Grade: B+
Beyond the starters, there isn't a ton to get excited about. Cobb still needs to be more consistent. The starters though—wow.
Also, Jordy Nelson is ridiculous.
Tight End Final Grade: B
Seriously, DJ Williams looked good most of the time and Crabtree had a much rougher game. Finley coming back will make this position a lot more reliable, but it should be good to know Williams can step in.
Offensive Line FINAL GRADE: C+
Final Grade: The starters are great.... it's the backups who will worry you. I was pleased to see Marshall Newhouse played well and Andrew Datko is coming along. However there isn't a ton of depth here, a rarity for the Packers. That has to change.
Jerel Worthy 1st Qtr: B- 2nd Qtr: B 3rd QTR: DNP FINAL GRADE: B
FINAL GRADE: Worthy played well, better than his stat line showed. He's not quite making the impact we'd been looking for, but he's coming along and there is every reason to feel hopeful coming into the season.
Nick Perry 1st QTR: A 2nd Qtr: B 3rd QTR: DNP FINAL GRADE: B+
FINAL GRADE: Perry was less of a force when Matthews wasn't playing but still managed to make some noise in the backfield. He's really improving every time he's out there and this combo of him and Clay Matthews is going to pay off big.
DJ Smith 1st Qtr: A+ 2nd Qtr: A 3rd QTR: DNP FINAL GRADE: A
FINAL GRADE: Really loved what I saw of Smith and he's going to get a lot more playing time as we go forward. I can't imagine, if Hawk underperforms again this year, that Smith won't take his job.
Casey Hayward 1st Qtr: B 2nd Qtr: B+ 3rd QTR: B- FINAL GRADE: B
FINAL GRADE: Hayward played very well tonight and there is every chance he ends up subbing at cornerback when Charles Woodson is at safety.
Jeron McMillian/MD Jennings 1st Qtr: B- 2nd Qtr: A/B 3rd QTR: B-
FINAL GRADE: B
I give the edge to McMillian because he loves to hit so much and does it so well. Have him close to the line while Morgan Burnett drops deep? That seems like a winning combination to me.
Special Teams Final Grade: B
The squad did fine, mostly containing returns and getting OK field position when they could run the ball back. It's a shame Tori Gurley's fantastic return was wasted.
Coaches 1st Qtr: B 2nd Qtr: B- 3rd QTR: B- FINAL GRADE: B-
FINAL GRADE: Again, there were no adjustments I could see, though when you swap players in and out, how much can you adjust. At some point the players either execute or they don't. It will be interesting to see how they adjust to the lack of a back-up quarterback. Een grading on a curve, Harrell's performance is a bit scary.
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