“They are what we though they were”! – que Dennis Green voice, and the New England Patriots in prime time on Sunday are who everyone in the nation thought they were and that is still one of the toughest teams in football.
The Packers played even with the Patriots until Aaron Jones had a critical fumble while the Packers were driving into scoring position to take the lead in the 3rd quarter. I have been very pro Aaron Jones, but that fumble cost us the game. Mistakes happen to every player it is just unfortunate to see for the second week in a row a fumble stall an overall sold performance against one of the best teams in the league.
As for the offense, it was a par for the course on what we can expect from the 2018-19 Packers. Around a solid two quarters of football with critical mistakes such as a David Bakhtiari holding penalty that probably turned 7 points into 3 and a fumble by Aaron Jones to hand over all the momentum to the Patriots and from that moment on they never let off the gas.
As for who showed up for the Player of the Week, it was not Rodgers, Adams or Jones. It was the rookie Marquez Valdez-Scantling or MVS for short. Marquez has been carving himself out as the Packers 3rd best receiver, with the only two people ahead of him being Adams and Geranimo Allison. Yes Marquez Valdez-Scanting has been playing better than Randall Cobb and I think Cobb is our number 4 receiver on this team. That might change if they start using Cobb out of the backfield more, or he start to find his footing again post injured hamstring.
Valdez-Scantling’s last 4 games he has had a combined 317 yards and two touchdowns with two games over 100 yards receiving. The emergence of MVS has been important to a Packers team who has been struggling with injuries to their wide receivers with Allison and Cobb sitting out the past few games and GB cutting ties with RB/WR hybrid Ty Montgomery.
MVS only had 3 reception against New England, but they were for 101 yards, and he was making the most amount of noise compared to any of the other Packers offensive players, including a spectacular toe tapping catch towards the end of the third quarter to keep the Packers drive alive.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) November 5, 2018
You can have the best quarterback of all-time (which the Packers do) but if his players can’t make the plays in big moments then he is almost useless. This was a great moment for MVS and the type of big play mentality that will be needed going into the second part of the season.
With the news coming out that Allison’s injury forced the Packers to place him on the injury reserve list, guys like Marquez Valdez-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown will be guys who need big second halves of the season if the Packers want to work some of their magic to try and make the playoffs. The Packers second half of the season is a pretty week schedule with only 2 teams being above .500, so lets buckle down and get a win verse Miami next week.