Welp. The one thing that just could not have happened, did in fact, happen. Last Sunday afternoon, the Green Bay Packers lost to the worst team in the NFL, the Arizona Cardinals, 20-17. The whole team looked disinterested and played the most uninspiring football I have ever seen. This train wreck of a game caused the Green Bay Packers franchise to go off the rails and make MAJOR changes. Almost immediately after the loss, head coach, Mike McCarthey, was fired due to unmet expectations. However, I do not want to focus on the negatives of the Packers but instead I want to discuss a bright spot on the team. The bright spot I am referring to is none other than linebacker, Blake Martinez.
Blake Martinez wins this week’s Cream City Central award because of his solid play against the Cardinals and because he looked like the only player who wanted to be out there. He finished the game leading the team in tackles with 10. Everytime I look at a Packers’ box score after a game, it seems like Martinez has double-digit tackles. His best play of the afternoon came when Arizona running back, David Johnson, tried to take a run right up the middle but Martinez was able to stick him at the line of scrimmage. This was a huge play because Martinez had no help on the tackle and if Johnson got by him, it would have been at least 20 more yards until another Packer caught up to him. After the loss, Green Bay’s chance of making the playoffs is 0.1% at the most but fans should still watch the games as long as Martinez is running the show on defense.
After leading the league in total tackles last season with 144, Blake Martinez showed he can be a consistent linebacker that any team would be lucky to have. So far this season, Martinez has 106 tackles which is tied for 2nd in the league. The only player with more is Colts’ standout rookie, Darius Leonard. Blake has 250 total tackles combined from last season to this point in the year which is the most in a 2-year span for Green Bay since Nick Barnett in 2004 and 2005. Martinez is becoming a player that opposing teams have to have on their radar. For a team that has been as disappointing and inconsistent as the 2018-19 Green Bay Packers at least fans can be thankful for Blake Martinez.