Aaron Rodgers can now make more so called experts shut their mouths. Many thought Rodgers couldn’t engineer game winning drives, but guess what? He did just that yesterday. Also the defense that got burned and bailed out by the offense so many times last season, was key to bringing home a W in a very important division game. Let’s get to why the Packers won yesterday.
1. Pass Rush:
- Not only did the Packers rack up five sacks without Clay Matthews, they got consistent pressure on Matt Stafford which resulted in a day of 22 incompletions. Guys like Erik Walden and Dezman Moses had phenomenal games by getting sacks and forcing fumbles. The depth on this team is easily superior to what they had last season.
2. Young secondary:
- Cornerback, in my mind is one of the most difficult positions to get acclimated to in the NFL. Don’t tell that to Casey Hayward. Hayward, a second round pick out of Vanderbilt added another interception to bring his team lead to five. Davon House, who was looking to start the year as the starting cornerback in the base defense adds great depth. House made several nice pass break-ups yesterday and recorded his first career sack. Add the touchdown return from M.D. Jennings and another sack and 10 tackles from Morgan Burnett and this secondary looks very different from last year.
3. Jermichael Finley:
- YOTTO! Well Jermichael really isn’t taking over but he made a huge impact on offense yesterday. Finley put the Packers up 7-3 on a wide open catch and run into the end zone. Also his 40 yard scamper down the sideline with under four minutes to go was a great site seeing as Finley hasn’t had a long catch all season. Hopefully this jump starts the rest of his season.
4. Calm and collected:
- With four minutes left and down six points, Aaron Rodgers and the offense took the field and put together an extremely impressive drive that started with an 11 yard draw by James Starks and the game winning touchdown to Randall Cobb with 1:55 left to go.