Game of the Year__so far

Review~ while the Packers only ran 53 plays, this had a very odd feel for a regular season game.  There are 1-2 of those each season, and this seemed to fit the bill.  What’s odder, is the Packers only had 15 rush attempts of those 53 plays (28%), which is far under the desired ratio. 

  • Aaron Jones: 11 touches
  • A.J. Dillon: 4 touches (5 targets)
  • Kylin Hill: 3 touches (4 targets)

Rodgers played well.  Tough to say how many runs he checked out of to quick-passes, however it was a few, at minimum.  On the touchdown drives, he did execute and seemed to be in complete control for the duration of the game. 

The defense gave up way too many rush yards, however there’s a reason for it.  95 yards came from the non-running/mobile QB, Taylor Heinicke.  He also played well, but his teammates let him down a handful of times and he made a poor decision on his lone interception (Chandon Sullivan). 

The defense did, essentially, ice the game coming up with 4 consecutive stops which turned complete control over to Rodgers & Co.  Again, solid win (nailed the margin of victory for a 3rd consecutive week (jinx) so we’ll see).

Preview~ these are 2 of the best teams in the NFL, and should be a solid game, however if it gets sideways, it’ll likely be Arizona taking over control…here’s why.

Adams is likely to be OUT due to some sort of COVID-19 restriction, I’ll leave it all at that.

2021GB Off.vs.Ari D
Rush102.0 (19) 115.7 (18)
Pass235.9 (18) 201.0 (3)
Total337.9 (23) 316.7 (4)
Points24.0 (16) 16.3 (1)
 GB Def.vs.Ari O
Rush120.9 (22) 136.6 (5)
Pass210.6 (6) 265.6 (11)
Total331.4 (7) 402.1 (7)
Points20.9 (7) 32.1 (4)

As you can see, the Cardinals are about as solid as a team can be.  Top-ranked scoring offense in the league, and 4th ranked scoring defense.  It was sure to be a test heading in, however likely missing:

  • #17 Adams
  • #23 Alexander
  • #55 Smith
  • #69 Bakhtiari

…really makes this a tough ask.  However, if the Packers commit to the run game, and stick to it, there’s a shot to win the time of possession, wear that defense down, keep the game close, and have it come down to the last drive to have Rodgers make a throw for the win.  We’ll see, however, based on Arizona’s defense, they’re pretty stout everywhere.  Possibly force a turnover or 2 and capitalize on those.  Still a tough ask on a short week, on the road vs. the last-remaining unbeaten.

Packers 20
Cardinals 31

Season: 5-2
Overall: 74-38

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