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Eagles vs. Packers: Full Roster Report Card Grades for Green Bay

Matt SteinCorrespondent IINovember 11, 2013

Eagles vs. Packers: Full Roster Report Card Grades for Green Bay

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    Eddie Lacy had a solid game on Sunday, but was it enough to earn a solid grade this week?
    Eddie Lacy had a solid game on Sunday, but was it enough to earn a solid grade this week?Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

    There were times when the Green Bay Packers looked pretty decent against the Philadelphia Eagles. Unfortunately, there were many more occurrences when the Packers looked absolutely awful in Week 10.

    Let's just start by saying that the report card grades aren't going to look pretty this week for the majority of the positions. That's what a 27-13 loss at home will do to a team.

    Here's a full report card for the Packers following a tough game against Philadelphia.

     

    *All statistics courtesy of NFL.com.

Quarterback

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    Key Players: Scott Tolzien, Seneca Wallace

    It didn't take long for the Green Bay Packers to move from their second-string quarterback to their third-string quarterback. Surprisingly enough, Tolzien actually played well enough to already earn a starting job for Week 11 according to Kevin Seifert of ESPN.

    While there were times where Tolzien definitely looked like he was playing in his first career game, there were more good times than bad in this contest. He finished the game with 280 passing yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

    One of those interceptions was rather costly as it came in the end zone on a short pass intended for wide receiver Jordy Nelson. However, the second interception came off a tipped pass on an good play from a Philadelphia Eagles linebacker.

    Overall, the Packers have to feel confident about Tolzien's abilities moving forward until Aaron Rodgers can return. It's unlikely that he'll win any games for Green Bay, but he certainly won't lose games.

     

    Final Grade: B+

Running Backs

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    Key Players: Eddie Lacy, James Starks, John Kuhn

    With quarterback Aaron Rodgers out, the Green Bay Packers figured to run the ball quite a bit in this game. That certainly proved true as they finished the game with 29 total carries from their trio of running backs.

    While Lacy finished the game with 73 rushing yards, 52 of those yards came on 14 first-half carries. He only gained 21 yards on 10 carries in the second half, averaging only 2.1 yards per carry.

    Those are bad numbers in the second half for Lacy. They make you wonder if the Packers ran the rookie too hard in the first half. However, with Starks only receiving four carries in the game, the Packers clearly didn't think he needed much of a break.

    If the Packers want to win games while Rodgers is on the shelf, the Packers are going to need a much better performance out of their ground game.

     

    Final Grade: B-

Wide Receivers

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    Key Players: Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Jarrett Boykin, Myles White

    It's hard to grade the Green Bay Packers receivers this week because their overall play depends so much on the play of the quarterback. However, there were a number of times when the receivers bailed out Scott Tolzien, which raises their grade significantly.

    The receiver with the best game was Boykin. He was all over the field making plays to the tune of eight receptions and 112 yards. Jones and Nelson combined for 10 receptions and 100 yards, with Jones making two great catches.

    As these receivers become more familiar with Tolzien, it's likely that they'll return to being one of the most dangerous receiving corps in the league.

     

    Final Grade: B

Tight Ends

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    Key Players: Andrew Quarless, Brandon Bostick, Ryan Taylor

    When Jermichael Finley got injured, it didn't seem like the Green Bay Packers were going to get much production from their tight ends for the rest of the season.

    However, quarterback Scott Tolzien found his tight ends for a total of five times in this game. The biggest benefactor of Tolzien's targets was the rookie Bostick, who got his first career touchdown late in the third quarter.

    The big issue with this group of tight ends is none of them have the big-play ability that Finley brought to the team. Even Bostick's touchdown reception came off a blown coverage from the Philadelphia Eagles.

    With this group of tight ends, the Packers will never have that "wow" moment. They may get solid play, like they did in this game, but it'll be hard for this unit to ever earn a top grade.

     

    Final Grade: B

Offensive Line

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    Key Players: David Bakhtiari, Josh Sitton, Evan Dietrich-Smith, T.J. Lang, Don Barclay, Marshall Newhouse, Lane Taylor

    The reason that Scott Tolzien is on the ground in the picture above is because the Green Bay Packers were forced to bring Newhouse into the game when Dietrich-Smith got injured early in the second half.

    Things got worse when Barclay got injured and the Packers were forced to bring in Taylor, their last active offensive lineman on the roster. While this group only gave up one sack on the day, it consistently struggled to give Tolzien a clean pocket.

    It also struggled in the run game, especially in the second half. If the Packers want to be successful in the upcoming weeks, the offensive line is going to have to play better than it did today.

     

    Final Grade: C+

Defensive Line

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    Key Players: B.J. Raji, Ryan Pickett, Johnny Jolly, Mike Daniels, Datone Jones

    There was good news and bad news for the Green Bay Packers defensive line this week.

    The good news was that Jones and Daniels continued their extremely strong play this week. Jones finished the game with two sacks, and Daniels added another half-sack and helped force a fumble.

    Unfortunately, the bad news is that no one outside of Jones and Daniels played well this week. And the fact that Jones and Daniels only saw the field sparingly was extremely bad for the Packers.

    This defensive line let the Philadelphia Eagles run and pass all over it this week. Running back LeSean McCoy finished the game with 155 rushing yards on 25 carries.

    The grade for the defensive line is bad this week, but it'll get much worse as we cover the rest of the defense for Green Bay.

     

    Final Grade: C

Linebackers

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    Key Players: A.J. Hawk, Clay Matthews, Mike Neal, Brad Jones, Jamari Lattimore, Nick Perry

    While the Green Bay Packers were probably excited to get Matthews back this week, you can bet they wanted a better performance from their All-Pro linebacker in Week 10. Simply put, Matthews wasn't extremely effective this game, recording only two total tackles.

    Had Matthews been the worst performer this week, the Packers probably would have been just fine with the play of their linebackers. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. In fact, the only linebacker who had a decent game this week was Hawk, who came up with a number of big tackles again.

    Until players like Neal and Perry can learn to get pressure on the quarterback, this unit is going to be a disappointment each and every week. Things may get better once Matthews returns to full strength, but this week the play was just bad.

     

    Final Grade: C-

Cornerbacks

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    Key Players: Tramon Williams, Davon House, Sam Shields, Casey Hayward, Micah Hyde

    No group on Sunday was as bad as the cornerbacks for the Green Bay Packers. And it wasn't even close.

    The cornerbacks were burned all day by the Philadelphia Eagles wide receivers. They gave up 228 yards and three touchdowns to backup quarterback Nick Foles.

    From blown coverages and missed tackles, there simply wasn't anything that the cornerbacks did well this week. The biggest culprit was Williams, who has steadily seen his play decline in each week this season. At this point, Williams is a major liability in the secondary.

    Until this group of cornerbacks can put together a solid game where it slows down a passing attack, the Packers defense is going to have a hard time playing well as a unit.

     

    Final Grade: D-

Safeties

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    Key Players: Morgan Burnett, M.D. Jennings, Chris Banjo

    Much like the cornerbacks, the safeties of the Green Bay Packers didn't have their best game of the season on Sunday.

    In fact, it had gotten so bad that the Packers decided to bench Jennings in favor of the rookie Banjo. That didn't seem to help much either as the Eagles were able to pass the ball at will on Sunday.

    What's lacking most from this group is the inability to create turnovers. There were a number of underthrown and poorly thrown balls from the Philadelphia Eagles, but the safeties couldn't make a single play on any of them.

    Overall, this unit suffers from the same problems the cornerbacks do, mainly blown coverages and missed tackles. It hit a low on Sunday, so hopefully it can only go up from here.

     

    Final Grade: D

Special Teams

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    Key Players: Mason Crosby, Tim Masthay, Micah Hyde

    The Packers only punted the ball twice on Sunday, so the poor grade that is upcoming for this group isn't because of Masthay. Both Crosby and Hyde did nothing spectacular on Sunday to deserve a high grade.

    In fact, Crosby missed two field goals in the first half that were both makeable kicks. He finished the game hitting only two of his four attempts, looking more and more like his 2012 self.

    As for Hyde, he simply couldn't get anything going on returns. His lone punt return only went for two yards, and his longest kick return was only 17 yards.

    The coverage team also didn't make any big plays like it has in recent weeks. Overall, it was a rather unimpressive day from this unit in Week 10.

     

    Final Grade: C-

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