Green Bay Packers: Winners and Losers at the Season's Quarter Mark
The Packers have been great so far this season as it is has been hard not to be impressed with the undefeated start for the team.
However, there has been some hiccups for the team. Injuries, and perhaps the lack of offseason workouts, hurt the defense so they could get the right chemistry.
Winner: Aaron Rodgers
Rodgers has a league-leading 73.1 completion percentage, 1,325 passing yards, a 12-2 touchdown-interception ratio and a 124.6 passer rating. Not to mention he averages 331 passing yards a game.
On Sunday he set a new NFL record, becoming the first quarterback to throw for 400 yards, pass for four touchdowns and rush for two more.
Rodgers has the playmaking mentality in him, along with his leadership and clutch performance.
Loser: Green Bay Packers Secondary
It was a bummer losing Nick Collins for the season due to a neck injury.
The Green Bay Packers secondary has been relatively weak this season, outside of Charles Woodson and Morgan Burnett.
They gave up 265 yards and 384 total yards yesterday. The defense had given up 403.3 yards in the first three games. The Packers rank 28th in the league in yards allowed.
Last year, the Packers gave up 320 yards in six of their first eight games of the season, they only allowed that once in their final eight games. (Green Bay Press Gazette).
Perhaps they start to defend the pass better as the season goes on.
Winner: Charles Woodson
Charles Woodson isn't playing like he is 34 years old.
Yesterday, Woodson had an interception for a touchdown, along with four tackles and a pass defense.
This season, Woodson has played with an energy that won him the Defensive Player of the Year two years ago.
Woodson already has three interceptions, one touchdown, four pass defenses and 14 tackles on the year.
Loser: Green Bay Packers Linebackers
To be honest, the Green Bay Packers linebackers haven't been that bad. They are getting pressure and blitzing the quarterback, and are attacking the run, but perhaps they should help the secondary stop the pass in the future more.
This linebackers have combined for 4.5 sacks.
Desmond Bishop leads the team in tackles with 36 total tackles.
Clay Matthews is off to a slow start with 14 tackles and just one sack. Matthews has been solid in the pass rush, teams are just blocking him.
The Packers linebackers will only continue to get better. It just takes time.
Winner: Green Bay Packers Wide Receivers
The Green Bay Packers wide receivers are about as good and young as any team in the NFL this season.
Just about everyone has caught passes from Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers hit nine in his first two games, seven two weeks ago and eight last Sunday.
Greg Jennings has been Rodgers go-to receiver. Jennings has 25 receptions for 366 yards and three touchdowns.
Jordy Nelson has caught 15 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns.
James Jones has nine catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. Donald Drivers has eight grabs for 71 yards and a touchdown.
The youngster Randall Cobb has seven grabs for 148 yards and a touchdown.
Perhaps Rodgers biggest target, Jermichael Finley has 18 catches for 234 yards and three touchdowns. All of his touchdowns came against Chicago.
Winner: Green Bay Packers Rush Defense
The Green Bay Packers rush defense has been the most solid while the offense isn't on the field.
They gave up their first 100-yard rushing game last week to the Denver Broncos, allowing 119 yards. In the previous three weeks, they gave up 81, 71 and 13 rushing yards.
On the season, they are giving up 77 yards per game on the ground and averaging 3.7 yards per rush to opposing running backs.
The Packers defense has also recorded seven sacks on the season.