Packers vs. Bengals: Live Grades and Analysis for Green Bay

Giancarlo Ferrari-King@@GiancarloKingFeatured ColumnistSeptember 22, 2013

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 15: Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers leaps into the stands after a touchdown catch against the Washington Redskins at Lambeau Field on September 15, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Redskins 38-20. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers lost their Week 3 showdown against the Cincinnati Bengals. 

Final Score

Green Bay: 30

Cincinnati: 34


Final game analysis for the Green Bay Packers

Pass Offense: Despite putting up 30 points as a team, the Packers pass offense didn’t play well against the Bengals. Throwing two interceptions, QB Aaron Rodgers never could get anything going when it mattered. Overall, it was a poor performance from what should be one of the best passing attacks in the NFL.

Run Offense: For all of the team's offensive struggles, the Packers run offense actually played well. Rushing for 182 yards and a touchdown as a team, Green Bay's strong performances from James Starks and rookie running back Jonathan Franklin were the only bright spots for this offense.

Pass Defense: After shutting down Andy Dalton and A.J. Green early on, the bottom dropped out for the Packers pass defense in the second half. Dalton settled down and finished the game throwing for 235 yards and two touchdowns. Overall, it was a disappointing showing from this Green Bay pass defense.

Run Defense: Although Giovani Bernard had a few big runs, in the end the Packers run defense played very well against the Bengals. Aside from two early rushing touchdowns, it was a solid showing from the Packers run defense, which held Cincinnati to just 3.8 yards per carry.

Special Teams: What else can you say? It was a dreadful performance from the Packers special teams unit. After fumbling a kickoff early on—which resulted in a Bengals touchdown—the Packers didn’t do anything spectacular to redeem themselves.

Coaching: Mike McCarthy and his staff just couldn’t find a way to slow down the Bengals in the second half of the game. If the NFL is a league of adjustments, then McCarthy and company simply got out-coached in Cincinnati.


CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 22:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers throws a pass before the NFL game against Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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First-half analysis for the Green Bay Packers

Pass Offense: It was a rough start for Aaron Rodgers and this Green Bay pass offense. Despite getting great field position thanks to their defense creating turnovers, the Packers struggled to find their groove and just looked over-matched physically. The loss of tight end Jermichael Finley early didn’t help their cause.

Run Offense: It was another productive half for running back James Starks. Rushing for 55 yards on 14 carries, Starks helped a struggling Packers offense move down the field.

Pass Defense: A strong showing by the Packers pass defense in the first half helped keep this game close. Holding Andy Dalton to just 67 yards passing and shutting out A.J. Green, the Packers not only played great coverage but they also stripped Jermaine Gresham, causing a big turnover early in the second quarter.

Run Defense: After giving up two rushing touchdowns early, the Packers run defense settled down and wreaked havoc on the Bengals in the first half. Two fumble recoveries and a defensive touchdown later, the Packers channeled their aggression and turned it into success.

Special Teams: Things could not have gone any worse for the Green Bay special teams unit. A huge fumble on the Packers' first kickoff by WR Jeremy Ross resulted in a quick Bengals touchdown.

Coaching: While the Green Bay defense played well, the offense couldn't get anything going in the first half. Head coach Mike McCarthy and his star QB Aaron Rodgers got into a heated conversation on the sideline after the Packers failed to convert on a 3rd-and-goal in the second quarter.