The Packers were able to dominate the Buffalo Bills after they did us a huge favor by knocking off the Minnesota Vikings the previous week. Honestly watching the game on Sunday, I continued to be amazed that this was the same team that beat the Vikings the previous week. More than anything I was amazed by what a no show the Vikings were to never stand a chance against this team. One of my best friends is a Vikings fan, and sent me a text two plays into that game, ‘we lost’. Any given Sunday, eh? Well despite the fact Green Bay was never threatened, and the most dramatic scene came from Aaron Rodgers press conference criticizing the offense and play calling in general, let’s dig into the youngins of the week.
Jamaal Williams: I don’t expect Williams to be taken out of the running back rotation, but he wasn’t able to get much steam going last Sunday. Jamaal averaged less than three yards per carry, and didn’t make an impact catching the ball. As always, the BYU product held up his own in pass protection, but he’s starting to fall a little behind in the making plays with the ball department. He’s talented, and the coaching staff loves him. It’s good to have three running backs you can throw into the mix, and I expect Williams to become more effective as we get deeper into the season. Our running crew is going to have fresher legs than the defense the closer we get towards the playoffs.
Geronimo Allison: Last week, I predicted Allison would have a breakout game. Well, he ended with six catches for 80 yards, which turned into a pretty average week for him thus far in the 2018 season. Geronimo certainly had the chances to eclipse the 100 yard barrier, but ended up dropping three passes on the day. One I can hardly count as a drop, he was attempting some young Jordy Nelson shit, keeping his feet barely in bounds, and he used his length to attempt to bring in a pass that was thrown significantly out of bounds. The ball hit his hands, his technique was perfect, he just failed to bring it in. Regardless, I think Allison has proven himself to be the real deal on the perimeter, and gives Rodgers a springy second option when things get difficult. I expect him to get some nice money this off season. Unfortunately, Allison has been in concussion protocol all week, and has very questionable availability for tomorrow’s game against Detroit.
Kyler Fackrell: No one on the Packers 53 man roster gets more slack than the former third round pick. He hasn’t produced much in his career, usually looking like he needs to be in the weight room. I’ve never been quite as down on him as the rest of Packers nation, I feel like he’s pretty good at getting around the corner, and simply hasn’t gotten too many in game reps. And of course the coaching staff probably has their reasons for lack of reps, while they also have their reasons for keeping him on the 53 this season. Well, last Sunday may end up being the best game of his career. He completely dominated the Bills in the second half, bringing down Josh Allen three times, for a career high sack total. I think he made most of his impact when the Bills were just hoping for the game to mercifully end, but still, it was a nice moment for a player who doesn’t get a lot of love sent his way.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling: The rookie receiver make his second appearance this season, and brought down his second catch of the season. MVS beat his man on a fly route, and brought it in, for 38 yards. Rodgers placed it perfectly, and the rookie brought it in with his hands, and secured it with his body. Once again, it felt like the game was over in the second quarter, despite the Packers only being up by two possessions. He didn’t make this catch in a huge moment, but with Randall Cobb confirmed to be out for tomorrow’s game against the Lions, MVS is going to get opportunities. It can only be helpful for the rookie to have that play supplanted into Rodgers mind. There’s a very real chance Allison will miss the game as well, leaving MVS to start on the perimeter, with either St. Brown or Moore getting the nod in the slot. I watched a lot of South Florida football last season, as I enjoyed watching Brandon Flowers run their offense, and let me tell you, all MVS did was catch the ball for 35 yards at a time. If I was the coaching staff, I’d be sending Rodgers South Florida game tape all week long.
Kentrell Brice: Well, the stat sheet doesn’t do him much credit, as he simply had two tackles for the game. But once again, the Bills offense didn’t get much going throughout the day, so it’s hard to gauge his play on the back end. The pass rush was consistent, and Josh Allen didn’t get too many good looks. One very memorable play, was on the Bills first drive. They had a bit of confidence after their thrashing of the Vikings, and were trying to pick up a first down on third and short. The Bills handed the ball to their power back, Crowell, who Brice met at the line of scrimmage with velocity, stopping him in his tracks. The play really took the wind out of Buffalo’s sails.
Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson: At this point, I just enjoy breaking down the two rookie corners together. They seem to have great chemistry, and have simply both played well in nearly every game. It’s a little hard to differentiate the two. This week, Josh Jackson had two pass deflections, to go along with five tackles, good for second on the team. While, Jaire Alexander recorded his first official interception of his career. Although honestly, it feels like he has five already.
Youngin’ of the Week: Aaron Jones
Well, if Aaron Jones keeps playing like this, we’re going to have to give him some Aaron Rodgers treatment, and eliminate him from contention for this “honor”. But for now, the second year back is looking more and more like a star running back. In his 17 carries this season, Jones has 107 yards and a touchdown. That’s a Larry David level of pretty good. It’s was especially nice to see him get that three yard touchdown last week, using his elusiveness to get into the endzone. Jones has made such an obvious impact for this team, since last preseason, it’s hard to not want him to get the old Ahmad Green treatment. I remember being a youngin’ watching Favre head into Minnesota’s dome, and the announcers explaining that Mike Sherman was looking to get Green 30 carries on the day. Everyone misses that era, watching a running back take over the game, but at the end of the day, it’s just better for all parties to split up the workload between our three talented backs. If we can get Jones 17-20 carries a game, we’d be sitting really solid. Let’s not forget that Ty Montgomery is having a really good start to his season as well.