With the National spotlight upon them, the Green Bay Packers rose to the occasion and beat the Detroit Lions, 23-22. Mason Crosby kicked the game winning field goal as time expired and then proceeded to celebrate with one of the greatest Lambeau Leaps of all-time. The Packers improved to 5-1 on the season and lead the NFC North by one game over the Vikings.
Green Bay’s offense received a boost from an unlikely source Monday night…
The Packers offense looked good last night, especially Aaron Rodgers, but they still had their fair share of mishaps. On at least four separate occasions, Green Bay receivers dropped passes that could have changed the tide of the game. There was also a fumble by Aaron Jones on a key first half drive that kept the Lions in the game. However, Green Bay still found a way to put 23 points on the board and record 447 yards of total offense. Even though Aaron Rodgers played great and was a prime candidate for this week’s “Offensive Player of the Week,” there was another player who stood out even more and that was backup running back, Jamaal Williams.
Jamal Williams finished the game with 14 carries for 104 yards and added 32 yards through the air on 4 receptions. He also scored a touchdown with 7:31 left in the 2nd quarter when Aaron Rodgers threw him a forward lateral and Williams made a great play to get into the end zone. Monday night’s game marked the second time in Williams’ career that he had eclipsed the 100-yard rushing threshold. His first came all the way back on December 3rd, 2017, in a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Monday night’s game was also the second most total yards Jamal Williams has ever had in a game. The most came in a meaningless game against the Jets on December 23rd, 2018. Runner-Up: Aaron Rodgers
Green Bay’s defense put the pressure on Matthew Stafford when it mattered most…
When Green Bay’s defense gave up a 66-yard pass completion on the very first play of the game, I thought the Packers were going to have their work cut out for them. In the first half, this was true. Matthew Stafford was passing all over the Packers’ secondary and it felt like it was a game where Stafford would throw for 400 yards and 4 touchdowns. However, the Packers played a good bend but don’t break defense as they only allowed Detroit to get into the end zone once while the other scoring trips resulted in field goals. Then, when it came down to crunch time, Green Bay’s defense showed up. Guys like Adrian Amos, Za’Darius Smith, Kevin King, Kyler Fackrell, and Preston Smith all made pivotal plays throughout the game to keep the Packers in it. In fact, one of these guys was this week’s “Defensive Player of the Week,” and that man was number 91, Preston Smith.
Preston Smith finished the game with 4 tackles, 2 QB hits, and 1.5 sacks. Smith’s solo sack came with 1:01 left in the 3rd quarter on a 3rd and 10. As soon as Detroit snapped the ball, Preston Smith was in the backfield sacking Matthew Stafford to force a punt. With 1.5 sacks last night, Smith is now up to 7 on the season which is only 1 away from tying his career-high. With 7 sacks on the season, Preston Smith only trails Shaquil Barrett and Myles Garrett as the NFL’s league leader in sacks. Runner-Up: Adrian Amos
Next week the Packers will matchup against the Oakland Raiders in Lambeau Field. Green Bay has a great chance to improve to 6-1 as long as they do not play down to their opponent.
Offensive POTW Tracker:
First Place: Jamal Williams (1), Aaron Jones (2), Davante Adams (1), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (1), Jimmy Graham (1)
Runner-Up: Aaron Rodgers (4), Aaron Jones (1), Davante Adams (1)
Defensive POTW Tracker:
First Place: Preston Smith (2), Kevin King (3), Adrian Amos (1)
Runner-Up: Adrian Amos (1), Za’Darius Smith (1), Blake Martinez (1), Jaire Alexander (1), Kenny Clark (1), Preston Smith (1)