Green Bay Packers vs. St. Louis Rams Week 6: Grading Each Position
Despite having a minute less total possession during the game, Aaron Rodgers and his team once again were able to take home the win in title town. Green Bay now has 12 straight wins in a row and a home winning streak of eight. We weren’t too worried that this would happen, but then again, no one expected the first quarter they had with the Atlanta Falcons in Week 5 though either.
Time for a little bit of sports analysis, that’s why we’re all right here reading anyways, aren’t we?
Beginning with the man the commentators couldn’t stop talking about, quarterback Aaron Rodgers highlights our breakdown. At a minimum of 1,500 attempted passes, the NFL will grant you a career passer rating. Right now, no one stands against Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers. Currently ranked 98.4 according to the Green Bay website, this puts Rodgers as the No. 1 ranked quarterback.
Unless you have team loyalty rose-colored glasses on, I’m pretty sure you already knew he was awesome.
Surprisingly though, Rodgers only has 61 percent of his passes completed while facing off against the Rams. This is his lowest to date this season. His passer rating was still 119.6 though.
On the other hand, did you see that man run when the heat was turned up in the pocket? Seriously now, the way he ping-ponged his way out of harm’s way to avoid the blitz was beyond masterful. Despite the twists, turns, dips and runs that he took to avoid the sack, Rodgers was able to keep his focus multiple times, recover from the frenzy and complete his execution. Don’t believe me? Just watch the video link at 1:33.
Despite the lower pass completion rate, Rodgers’ fancy footwork and never-quit attitude has kept him on the top rung of my ladder. Aaron Rodgers—A.
The wide receivers and running backs are known for making the big plays. They are our super stars we learn to love or love to hate.
For our first touchdown of the game, Rodgers passed deep left to WR James Jones for a 35 yard play. The next Green Bay play of the game was a tie for Rodger’s career longest. After passing deep left, WR Jordy Nelson took it back for a total of 93 yards into the end zone.
As for the third touchdown of the game, that was completed by WR Donald Driver. This was done by a short left pass and seven yard carry.
Starter Greg Jennings did not score, but he did have the second highest number of yards (82) and the highest number of receptions (6).
As for Randall Cobb, we only saw one reception for six yards, but no penalties against him either, so he ended the game ahead of the curve.
With the exception of special teams, the wide receivers were the only scoring team members for this head to head face off. I was a little disappointed when the pass intended for Jennings was intercepted, but as a collaborative whole, they all get an A.
The Rams were held to a field goal. That alone tells us that the Green Bay defense didn't do too shabby.
Taking a look at the defensive linebackers, Clay Matthews and A.J Hawk blitzed for sacks against Sam Bradford. For Matthews, it was the only tackle of the game, but Hawk made six more solo tackles and two assists.
Desmond Bishop has had my eye as of late, and continued to shine this week as well. He made a total of 14 tackles during the game, (9-5), the highest for any Packer player. You just can't keep this man off the other team when you throw him out there, he is on the offense like bacon on a good burger.
Linebackers, although they held the team well, are being graded B. The biggest reason for this is because of the mild challenge that the St. Louis Rams presented. With seven sacks against Bradford last week and five the week prior, I expected the No. 1 team in the NFL to show off up a little more than that.
Defensive safeties Morgan Burnett and Charlie Peprah held their own during the game as well. Duties of the safeties are to protect the deep pass and assist cornerbacks against the passing play. In other words, get the heck in there and block that ball without getting flagged on pass interference.
You need to be big enough to hit hard and tackle, yet fast and agile enough to keep up with the running backs and wide receivers you're attempting to take down. Between the two of them, 16 plays were ended due to the safety position. Looking once again to the scoreboard, we can see the offense was held to the point of a touchdown-less game. Not bad I'd say. Give me a good safety any day to prevent the scoring plays that light up the board.
Safeties? I'm going again with a B, and for the same reason as the linebackers. These boys aren't just good and that's what they showed. I want to see great.
Mason Crosby kicked 3-for-3 for the extra point against the Rams. He also added one more field goal to his streak, tying him to the team’s current record holder Chris Jacke at 17 in a row.
According to the Washington Post, Crosby has the third longest active streak, coming in behind Detroit’s Jason Hanson (21) and Atlanta’s Matt Bryant (23). That was, until today anyways…
Well, let it be known that Detroit’s Hanson kicked good for No. 22, then not-so-good for a 50 plus yard fail. Bryant with the Falcons doesn’t play again until tomorrow, so depending on how Monday night’s game goes, Crosby may soon have the longest active streak.
Crosby, A+. He’s done everything the Pack has asked of him without fail, bar none.
Next week, Game 7 is against the struggling Minnesota Vikings. Statistically, Green Bay takes them 52 percent of the time. In light of that, we know that statistics are correct 60 percent of the time, so take that for what it's worth.
There's no telling when and if Green Bay is going to come out of this streak they are in, but one thing is for sure, it sure is entertaining watching it unfold.