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DE Will Smith—Grade—B-
Smith nearly got to Aaron Rodgers on two consecutive plays. Aside from those two plays, Smith was neutralized. He and the rest of the d-line did a better job of making life tough for the Packers’ running game, and that is the primary reason he gets a grade close to B.
DT Brodrick Bunkley—Grade—C
Bunkley was better Sunday than he’s been, which is true of the entire defensive line. But he still isn’t making any plays that help teammates stop the run. And he certainly isn’t making any stops himself.
DT Sedrick Ellis—Grade—C
Ellis continued his string of average to below average performances. He did nothing to make life difficult on Aaron Rodgers, and his play against the run was nothing more than average, as usual.
DE Cameron Jordan—Grade—B-
Jordan had his least impressive game of the season. He was unable to beat a poor offensive line, and especially poor tackles. His play in the running game was OK. All in all, Jordan can play a whole lot better.
DT Tom Johnson—Grade—B
Johnson was most notably seen with his helmet off after making some hay. His effort alone seemed to spark some renewed interest from the group of Saints defenders. But his actual performance wasn’t any better than anyone else’s.
DT Akiem Hicks—Grade—C
It’s hard to imagine Hicks did anything wrong when he wasn’t in the game as much as a week ago (don’t quote me on that). But he was seen four yards off the ball on a zone running play, which should never happen.
DE Junior Galette—Grade—Incomplete
I’ll be honest, I don’t even remember seeing Junior Galette in the game. Perhaps he made an appearance. If he did, he gets an “F” for not even being seen anywhere near Aaron Rodgers.