Packer Tracker: Week 3 Green Bay Packers Report

Aaron Rodgers shows off his talent and flair for the dramatic in a Sunday Night Football classic.

Nov 29, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) catches a football during warmups prior to the game against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

For most people, 37 seconds is not a lot of time. 37 seconds is less than a microscopic blink in a person’s lifetime, it’s roughly the amount of time it takes to put your socks on if you’re moving really slowly in the morning. On Sunday Night Football, the San Francisco 49ers took a 28-27 lead over the Green Bay Packers with 37 seconds left in the fourth. Their fans thought as many would, that 37 seconds wouldn’t be enough to change much. Luckily for the Green Bay Packers and their fans, Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams are not most people.

Rodgers and Adams once again proved that they are at the highest level, as Rodgers hit his favorite receiver with gorgeous pin-point accurate passes of 25 and 17 yards to set up a Mason Crosby 51 yard field goal as time expired.

The win is a huge source of momentum for the Green and Gold, as they have had troubles against the 49ers in recent years, especially when playing in San Francisco. The game was another proving ground for Rodgers, whose emotion in the final seconds of the game should put to rest any doubt about his love and passion for playing for the Green Bay Packers.

Wide Receiver Group’s Big Day

One of the Packers’ biggest advantages on a weekly basis is the strength of their wide receiver room. Led by Adams and veteran Randall Cobb, the group is full of talented players that each bring versatile skills.

First amongst the group is Adams, who is likely the best overall wideout in the NFL. Rodgers and Adams were special on Sunday night, connecting 12 times for 132 yards and an easy touchdown. Time after time, Rodgers hit Adams for completions for first downs to continue drives. The duo that sometimes seems to share the same brain had a few irregular missteps, but when it mattered the most they delivered big time.

Another player that delivered big time was Marquez Valdez-Scantling. MVS is a divisive figure amongst Packer fans, as some believe his early career drops are a negative signal in his future growth. The athletic deep play threat has shown growth in his route-running and catch-ability, shown on his amazing touchdown grab in the corner of the end-zone.

Allen Lazard is able to do a little bit of everything very well. One of his greatest strengths is his ability to block, both in the pass and run game. On Aaron Jones’ rushing touchdown, Lazard made a huge block to take 49ers star Nick Bosa out of the play which allowed Jones to cut to the outside and easily score. Lazard also showed his ability to stretch the field on a long play early in the game that helped the Packers score first. Lazard is also a regular special teams contributor, showing his versatility and dedication to winning play.

The receivers, combined with the team’s talented tight end group and able pass-catching running backs, are the perfect group for Rodgers and Matt LaFleur’s multi-faceted offensive philosophy.

Defense Does Enough

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is widely regarded as one of the best and most creative offensive minds in all of football. His ability to use players like tight end George Kittle and full back Kyle Juszczyk as pass catchers and blockers have led to great success for his team. 

While the Niners were able to move the ball and score, the Packers defense was able to create a few key stops, and most importantly caused two huge turnovers. All-Pro cornerback made an outstanding play to snatch a ball almost out of Kittle’s hands on a deep ball by 49er’s QB Jimmy Garoppolo.

Garoppolo had a mixed bag day against the Packers, including a disastrous fumble that led to a key Packers field goal. His performance could have looked even worse, if not for a series of questionable calls and non-calls made by everyone’s favorite part of any football game: the unimpeachable decision-making of the referee corps.

Super Bowl XLV Rematch

While almost all of the roster has changed for both the Packers and their week four opponents the Pittsburgh Steelers, the quarterbacks stay the same. Rodgers coming off one of his best performances in some time will match up against Ben Roethlisberger, who is looking for a bounce-back after an ugly loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Steelers’ strength is their defense and ability to create pressure, but mega-star pass rusher T.J. Watt missed the game against Cincinnati with a groin injury. If Watt is able to play after a week of rest, new left tackle Yosh Nijman will face another tough test after handling 49er Nick Bosa in his first career start. Nijman and the rest of the Packers’ young and makeshift line showed great potential, and were very effective in creating holes for Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon, and most importantly protecting Aaron Rodgers.

For the Packers’ defense, creating more turnovers and limiting the Steelers’ talented trio of receivers will be the path to victory.

Prediction: A big day for the ground game as Packers running backs combine for over 150 yards and Rodgers plays an efficient and winning game. Final score: 27-21 Packers win.


Written by Joel Kananen

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