Packers' Week Seven Positional Grades
Here’s how the Packers stacked up against the Colts in their Week Seven victory. We've also included season grades overall and what the season grades were prior to this week.
Season Grade: A (Previous: A-)
The Breakdown: Aaron Rodgers was virtually flawless once again, as he completed 21-of-28 passes with one touchdown. He continues to show improvement and is quickly becoming a top-of-the-line NFL QB.
Running Back: B
Season Grade: D+ (Previous: D)
The Breakdown: Ryan Grant continues to show improvement, as he gained 100 yards for the first time all season. Having said this, he still only managed to average 3.4 yards per carry. However, Grant collected his first touchdown of the season and Brandon Jackson also lead the team in receptions and receiving yards.
Tight End: A
Season Grade: B (Previous: B)
The Breakdown: Donald Lee had two receptions for 23 yards and a TD and continues to emerge as a red-zone threat.
Wide Receiver: B+
Season Grade: A (Previous: A)
The Breakdown: While no receiver had a breakout game (or a touchdown for that matter), eight different players had at least one reception. Jackson, a running back, led the team with six receptions and 35 yards.
Offensive Line: B
Season Grade: B- (Previous: B-)
The Breakdown: A better effort this week from the O-line, but run blocking still needs improvement. The line’s most notable achievement was not allowing a sack during the game.
Defensive Line: B-
Season Grade: C (Previous: C-)
The Breakdown: Again, this unit showed improvement this week but managed to allow a backup running back to rack up 73 yards and two TDs. Granted, the last touchdown didn’t matter and was scored in the closing minutes of the game, but the defensive line has yet to recover from the loss of DE Cullen Jenkins.
Season Grade: C+ (Previous: C+)
The Breakdown: Despite the fact that Green Bay was in the nickel for most of the game, backup linebacker Brandon Chillar was an absolute ballhawk, recording nine tackles in the game. Nick Barnett also contributed with six tackles, and the linebackers looked comfortable operating out of the nickel scheme.
Season Grade: A (Previous: B+)
The Breakdown: Green Bay’s corners and safeties lead the NFL with 13 interceptions and returned another two for scores this week. What was most impressive was that Colts' QB Peyton Manning was not able to take advantage of backups Aaron Rouse (99-yard INT TD) and Tramon Williams, who both tied for second-best on the team with seven tackles each.
Special-teams specialist Will Blackmon also contributed on the defensive side of the ball, and Nick Collins continues to be one of the best free safeties in the league, as he returned another interception for a touchdown.
Season Grade: A- (Previous: A-)
The Breakdown: K Mason Crosby could have been better, as he missed a seemingly easy make from 39 yards. On the flip side, Crosby also made two field goals in the game. Punter Derrick Frost was excellent, averaging 55 yards per punt with a long of 59 yards.
Kick/Punt Returning: C
Season Grade: B (Previous B)
The Breakdown: Nothing great from a special-teams standpoint this week. Charles Woodson had the lone kick return for –2 yards and Will Blackmon averaged 8.7 yards per punt return on three returns.