The Green Bay Packers have been winning on the strength of a revamped defense. Through the first the six weeks, they haven’t had a dominant (or complete) offensive performance. This all changed during Sunday’s tilt with the Oakland Raiders.
For the second straight week, the Packers defense found themselves the victims of big plays to start the game. (An alarming trend.) They also found themselves playing from behind, again. After countering with a TD drive to take the lead at 7-3, the Raiders scored a TD of their own to retake the lead, 10-7. That was the beginning of the end for Oakland, as Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, remembered the bad man he is.
Gaining a couple of his weapons back, (MVS AND Geronimo Allison) Rodgers went full Super Saiyan and shredded the Raiders defense. Big play after big play. Dime after dime. If you thought Rodgers was on the decline, you thought wrong. When it was all said and done, Rodgers amassed 429 passing yards, 6 total TD (5 passing, 1 rushing), and a perfect passer rating. (158.3) A masterful performance for the future hall of famer.
I don’t want to poo-poo (yes, i said poo-poo) what the defense did. They did give up big plays (eyebrows are raised), they didn’t stop the run consistently (eyebrows raised again), and they didn’t get to Raiders quarterback, Derek Carr, much. (Give credit to the offensive line of the Raiders.) Thing is, they settled down, settled in, and held Oakland’s offense, relatively, in check. (A garbage time TD made the score look a bit better for Oakland. Otherwise Green Bay held them down to that golden 17-point threshold.) They did what they were asked to do; keep the game close until Green Bay’s offense found their legs.
For the first time this season, Rodgers is the headline. Throughout the game it seemed as if he was more comfortable with Matt LaFleur’s offense. He looked to be in total control. Checking down when needed, hitting the big plays when available, making the correct audibles. It was as close to flawless as you can get. Which is encouraging, because this unit is what has been behind the rest of the team.
Is this a one week thing? You certainly hope not. Then again, this is the NFL, you have to take it week to week. If this is what’s to come from this offense from here on out, you are looking at the quite possibly the most dangerous team in the NFC.