Offense: the HB production was solid once again. The halfback production was very solid.
- #33 Jones: 13 touches; 106 yards
- #28 Dillon: 16 touches; 83 yards; 2 TDs
- Total: 29 touches; 189 yards; 2 TDs.
That’ll do. Do that in the postseason, and the offense should have success and keep the defense off the field, while controlling the line of scrimmage.
Another non-surprising statement, Davante Adams is the best Wide Receiver in franchise history. While he may not possess the statistics showing so, it’s clear he’s the best mismatch since Sterling Sharpe, and has a superior skill set AND rapport with his QB. He’s also the best WR in the NFL. I thought Tirico covered it brilliantly (and I’ll paraphrase) “While Cooper Kupp may win the wide receiver triple crown, the nuance with Adams and Rodgers separates these two from any others.”
The offensive line still needs improvement, but has held its own all season. They didn’t give up a sack the last 2 games now – and keep in mind they faced Myles Garrett last week and a tough, well-coached Zimmer defense this passed Sunday. While Bakhtiari and Myers practiced today (Wed, Jan 5th), who knows if they’re just prepping for the Divisional round game, but there’s hope of possible help coming. However, they’ve shown to be good enough and not the reason the Packers won’t win the Super Bowl.
Defense: a very good showing vs. a bad OL & backup QB. However, we shouldn’t harshly judge them for literally doing their job. They didn’t generate any turnovers, but did get 2 sacks, held Minnesota to 206 total yards, and most-impressively, held all-world HB #33 Dalvin Cook to 13 total yards on 12 touches. Absolutely incredible, even with a backup QB. As my cousin stated (he’s a coach) during the game, “If I’m coaching, Dalvin Cook touches the ball 40 times vs. this run defense.” That should’ve been the plan, but that’s on them (Minnesota).
Safety #26 Darnell Savage has had a rough few weeks (actually season compared to the last 2 years), but if he’s the “weak link,” the Packers’ D will be ok. He gave up the TD to Osborne this week, and has been beaten on a few long pass plays this season, but he did have a nice INT vs. Mayfield on Christmas Day to maintain momentum.
Lastly, #59 MLB De’Vondre Campbell might be a must-sign. Unless another team gives him stupid money, Green Bay might have to think about retaining him, and yes, that’s with the return of solid MLB #54 Kamal Martin, next year. Campbell’s play recognition and pass coverage has been absolutely dazzling this season, and has made this defense a top-10 scoring D.
Special Teams: it should be pretty apparent that #82 David Moore is the new return man. He gets away from the ball when it’s too short, doesn’t dance and has the one-cut and go, and experience.
Mason Crosby (blame me if it fails, I guess) seems to have it figured out. Like I stated prior, he’s taking a bunch of power off his kicks, but has drilled 9 of his last 10, and made all of his extra points. Would still love to see him drill touchbacks on every kickoff, but wind is tough to judge from my couch.
- Seeding: We know the Packers secured the 1-seed, which is amazing, but now must capitalize on it.
- Point Differential: +86 which ranks 10th in the NFL. If the starters played ALL of week 18, that might be closer to +100 – +110, which would put them in the top 8. I’ve since been added as a contributor to Wisconsin Sports Heroics and will expound on that statistic there.
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The Packers hold the advantage in each and every category of this matchup. The Lions have been playing tough all year, and Dan Campbell (their head coach) has them playing tough…this will be their Super Bowl. Green Bay will likely have all reserves for the 2nd half, and likely longer than that, especially if the 1st string looks great to start.
Preview~ Green Bay has a chance to get a ton of 2nd stringers great live snaps vs. NFL competition right before the most-important stretch of the season. If no one else gets injured, Green Bay can return any or all of the starters that have missed a majority of the season, AND the backups become even more prepared…this could set the Packers up in an ideal scenario heading into the bye week.