Jaguars vs. Packers: Final Report Card, Player Grades for Green Bay
Aaron Rodgers had a largely unimpressive game, but did enough to get the Packers out of the game with a win. He looked off at times today, maybe even playing hurt, and missed some very makable throws. He was sharp in the red zone, throwing both of his touchdowns from short range.
Green didn't have much to work with up front, but still didn't make the most of his carries. He was fed the rock for 22 carries, but only managed to come up with 54 yards. He needs to utilize his cutback lanes and do so much quicker than he did today.
Starks had more of an impact than usually with snaps in the second half. Starks made the most of his opportunities with an eight yard rush and a nine yard reception. With Starks getting healthier, it will be interesting how much time he gets going forward.
Jones had a decent stat line with seven catches for 78 yards, but he struggled to get open in the first half. Jones got plenty of defensive attention with Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings out of the lineup and struggled to fill the void.
Cobb had a good game receiving with five catches for 28 yards and a touchdown, but much like Jones, Cobb struggled to get open throughout the majority of the game, but especially in the first half. This hurt the Packers' offense and it showed in the point production.
Driver made the most of his opportunities in his 200th career game with two catches for 10 yards and a touchdown. After barely seeing the field during the last few weeks, Driver didn't get many looks this week, but did well when he the ball came his way.
Boykin didn't get many opportunities, but came up with his first career reception for nine yards.
Finley continues to see his number of snaps decrease, possibly because of his injury and possibly because of his drops. He dropped another pass early in the game, but did come up with two big catches for 24 yards. In a game where the wide receivers struggled to get open, it would have been nice to see Finley have a bigger impact.
Apparently Finley's drop problem is contagious and surprisingly Williams didn't drop that. Williams dropped an easy pass from Rodgers and didn't come up with any catches on the afternoon.
Crabtree did a nice job blocking and helping out the offensive line. He didn't get any opportunities in the passing game, but does what he's asked to do.
Newhouse was pretty quiet throughout the game, which is good for an offensive linemen. He created a nice pocket for Rodgers as the Packers' offensive line gave up just two sacks, with at least one of those being a coverage sack.
Lang had a decent game in terms of pass blocking, but the run blocking, like much of the offensive line, let much to be desired. There weren't many holes for Alex Green to run through and the production showed that.
Saturday wasn't very good today, both in the running game and the passing game. He struggled to block the Jaguars and failed to get much of a push at all.
Sitton did a fine job in pass protection, but again, the run blocking just wasn't good enough. Instead of opening up holes for their running backs, the offensive line collapsed and the backs were left struggling to find any space.
Bulaga built on a strong performance last week with another solid outing against the Jaguars. He did trip Alex Green on a third-and-one after being pushed backwards, but did give Rodgers time for the most part.
Raji did an okay job in his first game back from injury. He got a decent push up front and made the most of his opportunities. He only finished with two total tackles, but his ability to collapse the pocket and get an initial push helped the Packers' defense.
As the Packers' "run-stopper" Pickett did a fine job against the Jaguars. He helped shut down the Jaguars' running game, especially in the middle of the field. Most of the Jaguars' yardage came on the outside rather than between the tackles.
Worthy was pretty well before leaving the game in the second quarter with a concussion. He was hurt on special teams and didn't return to the game.
Mike Neal made it longer than Worthy, but the injuries keep piling up for Mike Neal. He left the game with an ankle injury and will be evaluated this week.
Wilson was pretty much a non-factor on the defensive line. He registered just one tackle on the afternoon and didn't have an impact.
Daniels was called on to fill in for Worthy and the Packers' already injury-depleted defense didn't miss a beat. Daniels will be called on to play an even bigger role if Worthy and Neal are out of action for any number of weeks.
Matthews had a decent game, getting some pressure on the quarterback, but also struggled to set an edge in the running game. Usually very strong in that department, Matthews had issues, but made up for it with his overall impact.
Walden didn't have a strong game, with two total tackles and a false start on third down. Instead of an incomplete pass and a fourth down, the Jaguars got a first down and kept the drive moving.
Jones had a very good game with a forced fumble early in the game and a sack. He looks good in his new position and should get more comfortable with more and more time there. Jones isn't the tackling machine that D.J. Smith is and it showed. Jones missed at least one tackle and gave up a first down because of it.
Hawk was pretty active, but missed badly on a tackle that gave the Jaguars a first down and an extra 15 yards. While Hawk has been much better this year, the overall smoothness of his game was missing this afternoon.
Moses had quite the opportunistic game with a touchdown on Davon House's blocked punt. Moses didn't get a ton of playing time, but he was Lambeau Leapin' when he did.
Burnett had a very strong game. He was extremely active and did a great job wrapping up on his tackle attempts. He led the team with 11 total tackles, including a sack. He also did a nice job of falling on the fumble in the first half.
Tramon Williams did a decent job against the Jaguars' passing attack. Williams didn't give up anything over the top and kept almost everything in front of him. That was crucial as the Packers' defense didn't allow the Jaguars into the end zone on any long drives.
Hayward played okay in his second start for the injured Sam Shields. He didn't come up with any interceptions today, but did a fine job of keeping the Packers in the game while the offense struggled.
Jennings did a nice job helping to fill in for Charles Woodson. Jennings got the start in place of Woodson in the Packers' base defense. Jennings finished the game with seven total tackles.
McMillian didn't have the strongest game, whiffing on a few tackles and giving up yardage in coverage. He was fairly active, but only came up with two tackles, one of which was for a loss.
Defensively, House had a decent game in coverage, but his major impact was on special teams. He went untouched and blocked a punt for the Packers' first blocked punt since 2003. It turned out to be a huge play in the game as the Packers' offense struggled to put points on the board.
Mason Crosby missed a 32-yard field goal that he should have made. He nailed a 25-yarder later in the game, but the miss is definitely enough to shake confidence. Crosby had been perfect from within 50 yards.
Masthay had probably his worst punt of the season, but delivered a couple nice punts that were enough to earn a high grade. He boomed a 65-yarder and dropped one punt inside the 10-yard line. It wasn't the strongest outing for Masthay, but another solid outing overall.
Cobb only had two returns on the day, both on kickoffs. He made the most of his chances with one return for 28 yards and the other for 29 yards.
The Packers need Mike McCarthy to do a better job overall. He needs to do a better job of getting his team ready to play their game instead of playing down to the level of the opponent. There were a couple questionable play calls, including the fake field goal/incomplete pass. McCarthy did a nice job with both of his challenges.
Capers' defense gave up way too much yardage in the first half, but he made solid adjustments in the second half to hold the Jaguars to three points. They didn't give up a second-half first down until the fourth quarter.
The punt block was fabulous, but the design on the fake field goal alignment play was atrocious. There is no reason that Tim Masthay should be running to his left and asked to throw across his body to the right side of the field.