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The Green Bay Packers were burnt out in Week 1, and there were times on Monday night when it looked like an 0-2 start was unavoidable.
The Packers had a hard time to confine the Detroit Lions offense early, and Detroit took a 17-14 lead into halftime. Some halftime changes, a second-half rise and 4 Aaron Jones goals enabled Green Bay to stroll away from its house opener with a 35-17 triumph.
While the result was motivating, this was far from an ideal video game. The Packers, today, are a problematic group. The defense was dreadful in the very first half, and had actually Detroit transformed on a 4th-and-1 effort late in the 3rd quarter, this might have been a connected video game heading into the 4th.
Green Bay ought to feel excellent about the win, however it ought to likewise understand it has work to do to be a title competitor. Here are 3 other takeaways from the Packers’ Week 2 win.
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Quarterback Aaron Rodgers didn’t play like a ruling MVP versus the New Orleans Saints in Week 1. He ended up 15- of-28 for simply 133 backyards with 2 interceptions. His bad efficiency led some to recommend his offseason spat with the group was still impacting him.
” Show me it’s essential to you,” CBS expert and previous NFL coach Bill Cowher stated on the Sunday pregame program (h/t Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk). “That the group is more vital than you who are. And today I have actually not seen that.”
If Rodgers was sidetracked in Week 1, it didn’t rollover to Sunday’s video game. While he didn’t acquire the passing yardage, he was an effective 22- of-27 for 255 backyards and 4 goals versus Detroit.
The 37- year-old quite appeared like an MVP prospect in Week 2, which must be a relief for the Packers faithful. As WBAY’s Chris Roth mentioned, this marked the 5th straight time he has actually reacted to a loss with a four-touchdown, zero-interception trip.
The only genuine concern is whether Rodgers can preserve this level of play versus quality challengers all season long.
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While Rodgers’ bounce-back efficiency and Jones’ huge night will make headings today, we should not neglect the contributions of offseason acquisition Randall Cobb The Packers revived their quarterback’s previous go-to slot guy for a factor, which factor appeared on Monday.
While Cobbs’ 26 getting backyards will not jump out from the stat sheet, it’s worth keeping in mind that he captured all 3 of his targets and played a huge function on a crucial third-quarter drive.
With the Packers leading by 4 late in the quarter, Green Bay required a rating to develop some breathing space. 3 times on the drive, Rodgers aimed to Cobb. 2 of his catches led to very first downs, one beginning a crucial 3rd-and-7 from the Detroit 47- backyard line.
The Packers ended up the drive with a goal and took control of the video game from there.
While Jones, Davante Adams (8 catches, 121 backyards) and Robert Tonyan (52 getting backyards, 1 TD) stay Rodgers’ greatest weapons, Cobb can be a security blanket in clutch scenarios. Anticipate him to play a bigger offending function as the season continues and he restores chemistry with his quarterback.
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While the offense supplied lots of positives, the sluggish start by Green Bay’s defense is cause for issue.
It was flat-out bad in Week 1, giving up 322 backyards, 22 very first downs and 38 points. While the Packers did require 2 turnovers versus Detroit, they still enabled 344 backyards and 19 very first downs.
A number of problems have actually provided themselves. With Za’Darius Smith on hurt reserve, Green Bay has actually had a hard time to hurry the passer. It has simply one sack through 2 video games after balancing 2.6 sacks per video game in 2020.
Perimeter pass defense has actually likewise been a problem, as explained by ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.
” Jared Goff is now 9-of-9 for 105 backyards and 2 TD passing outside the numbers this evening, per ESPN Stats & Info,” he tweeted throughout the very first half. “In Week 1 the Saints were 9-of-12 passing for 113 backyards and 2 TD passing outside the numbers versus the Packers.”
Green Bay’s defense played much better in the 2nd half, however if not for those 2 takeaways and a vital fourth-down stop, this would have been a completely various video game. Protective planner Joe Barry has some modifications to make with the San Francisco 49 ers and Pittsburgh Steelers looming on the schedule.