On Sunday afternoon, the Packers defeated the struggling Denver Broncos, 27-16, to improve to 3-0. The defense was dominant once again forcing three turnovers and sacking Joe Flacco six times. It’s not an over exaggeration to say Green Bay currently has the best defense in the league. Offensively, the Packers started out hot and fizzled in the second half just like Week 2. Either way, the Packers still found a way to win and remain one of the eight unbeaten teams in the NFL.
The Packers have found their #2 receiver…
The offense still hasn’t found a way to stay consistent through four quarters, but they have played well enough to not let the defensive effort go to waste. I still think the offense can get better but it might not be in full force for another few weeks. On Sunday, Aaron Rodgers had a good game but not great. He was 17/29 for 235 yards with 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions. Jamal Williams carried the load for the running backs by having 14 touches for 86 yards but it was Aaron Jones who got the glory by scoring 2 touchdowns. However, none of these three stood out enough to win this week’s “Offensive Player of the Week.” That award goes to wide receiver, Marquez Valdes-Scantling who finished the game with 6 catches for 99 yards and a touchdown. It was the third most yards MVS has ever had in a game. His touchdown came early in the 1st quarter after Aaron Rodgers drew the Broncos defense offsides and had a “free play.” MVS streaked down the field against established veteran, Kareem Jackson, and caught a perfectly placed ball 40 yards downfield over his right shoulder. In my opinion, this wasn’t even Scantling’s best play of the day. Also in the first quarter, there was a point where the Packers found themselves in a 3rd and 15 situation but MVS had a nice sideline catch for 28 yards to get them the first. After his play on Sunday, it’s almost a no-brainer that MVS has separated himself as the clear number two receiver on the team. Runner-Up: Aaron Jones
The Packers have the best defense in football…
This Packers defense just keep finding more and more ways to impress. All afternoon the defense was pestering Joe Flacco and forcing an abundance of turnovers. Blake Martinez, Jaire Alexander, Darnell Savage, and even rookie Rashan Gary played great but it wasn’t enough to overcome what this week’s “Defensive Player of the Week,” did. Preston Smith had the best game of his career against Denver and was the main reason the Packers looked so dominant on Sunday. It all started on the opening drive when Preston Smith sacked Flacco to force a three and out. His best play came with 2:17 left in the first half when he strip sacked Flacco after battling through a barrage of blocks. Rashan Gary ended up making a great play when recovering the ball but none of that would have happened without Preston Smith. Smith finished the game with 5 total tackles, a forced fumble, and 3 sacks. With the 3 sacks yesterday, Smith has already eclipsed his sack total from last season. He has more sacks this year than Chandler Jones, J.J. Watt, and Aaron Donald. It seems as if Green Bay’s decision to pay pass rushers this offseason is already paying off. Runner-Up: Jaire Alexander
Green Bay’s next game is this upcoming Thursday against the Philadelphia Eagles. It will be a good test to see how good the Packers really are this season and if they’re ready to be Super Bowl contenders.
Offensive POTW Tracker:
First Place: Marquez Valdes-Scantling (1), Aaron Jones (1), Jimmy Graham (1)
Runner-Up: Aaron Jones (1), Davante Adams (1), Aaron Rodgers (1)
Defensive POTW Tracker:
First Place: Preston Smith (1), Kevin King (1), Adrian Amos (1)
Runner-Up: Jaire Alexander (1), Kenny Clark (1), Preston Smith (1)