The Green Bay Packers suffered their first loss last Thursday against the Eagles, 34-27. Green Bay gave up 21 points in the second quarter and the Eagles never looked back from there. The defense had a tough time containing Philadelphia’s running back, Jordan Howard, who touched the ball 18 times for 115 yards and 3 touchdowns. Carson Wentz also had his way by throwing 3 touchdowns with 0 interceptions. On the Green Bay side of the ball, they answered any questions on if the offense would be able to put points on the board. They scored 27 and were one late Aaron Rodgers’ interception away from tying the game and putting it into overtime.
Big games from Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams weren’t enough to put Green Bay over the top…
Against the Eagles, Aaron Rodgers had his breakout game that fans were itching for. He looked like a past version of himself while throwing for 422 yards on 34 completions. He also added 2 touchdowns, one to Geronimo Allison and the other to Jimmy Graham. His late interception came off a tipped ball and was a result of tight Eagles coverage. However, it wasn’t Aaron Rodgers who stole the show on Thursday, it was wide receiver, Davante Adams. Going into Thursday’s game the Packers were very public about wanting to get Davante Adams more involved in the offense and boy did they. His performance was worthy of him receiving this week’s “Offensive Player of the Week,” award. Davante Adams caught 10 passes for a career high, 180 yards and cooked the Eagles secondary all night. He especially had fun against Philadelphia’s corner, Avonte Maddox, who had no answers for Green Bay’s star receiver. If it wasn’t for a toe injury that kept Adam’s out the fourth quarter, there is no doubt that he would have put up even better numbers. Runner-Up: Aaron Rodgers
The Packers defense came back down to Earth on Thursday but there was still one player who dominated…
The Packers gave up 34 points last Thursday and there is no gentle way to put this, they looked bad. They struggled to defend the run, something that’s been a problem all year, and struggled to prevent the big play. They weren’t able to generate any turnovers or pressure on the quarterback. The defense was only able to generate two quarterback hits by Tramon Williams and Preston Smith. Some players like Blake Martinez, Will Redmond, and Adrian Amos were able to generate a lot of tackles but neither of them outplayed this week’s “Defensive Player of the Week,” Kevin King. Kevin King had a quiet first half but made plenty of noise in the 3rd and 4th quarters. Early in the 3rd, King was matched up against former Pro-Bowler, Alshon Jeffrey, and was able to break up a pass thirty or so yards downfield. A couple minutes later, the Eagles scored a touchdown and decided to go for two points in a very pivotal moment of the game. However, Kevin King made a tremendous play in the end zone to break up yet another pass. The final play I want to talk about was with about seven minutes left in the third quarter on a 3rd and 5 and you guessed it, Kevin King had another pass deflection to force Philadelphia’s first three-and-out of the game. Throughout the game, Kevin King had 4 pass deflections but only 2 were listed in the box score and he also added 2 tackles. With the way Jaire Alexander and Kevin King have played this season, the Green Bay corners are starting to make some noise as the best pair in the league. Runner-Up: Blake Martinez
Next week the Packers will be taking on another tough opponent in the Dallas Cowboys. They will have to figure out their run defense if they want to stay competitive against their NFC rivals.
Offensive POTW Tracker:
First Place: Davante Adams (1), Marquez Vlades-Scantling (1), Aaron Jones (1), Jimmy Graham (1)
Runner-Up: Aaron Rodgers (2), Aaron Jones (1), Davante Adams (1)
Defensive POTW Tracker:
First Place: Kevin King (2), Preston Smith (1), Adrian Amos (1)
Runner-Up: Blake Martinez (1), Jaire Alexander (1), Kenny Clark (1), Preston Smith (1)