PackCap: Offense Stays Hot and Beat Saints For Second Straight 3-0 Start
Green Bay Packers are a good team. If you didn’t know the Packers were good yesterday, you should know now. Green Bay went into New Orleans playing a team that wanted to bounce back like they typically do. New Orleans had no lost back-to-back games since the start of the 2017 season when they lost both games to begin the year. They’re now lost two straight in 2020 too. Packers’ offense kept their flamethrowers out with their third straight game of 35 points or more. Green Bay has 122 points to start the season. It is the fifth-most by any team in NFL history through three games. They’re a machine, and they’re nothing you can do to stop it.
Player of the Game: Allen Lazard – Talk about stepping up to your moment. Allen Lazard made some big plays for Green Bay yesterday with five catches, 146 yards, and a touchdown. Lazard was excellent in this game tearing up the Saints secondary. Good on Matt LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers for rewarding Lazard with a touchdown catch after he helped the Packers get there by hauling in a deep ball from the Packers quarterback. Lazard is making a lot of people who believed he wasn’t a number two wide receiver look silly.
Honorable Mention: Za’Darius Smith – One play sometimes is all you need to make the list. Smith deserves it here. Packers gave up the ball around the 50-yard line after being stuffed on 4th and 1. The defense had to bear down for the first time all night. And they did just that. On the second play of the drive, Za’Darius forces the ball out of Taysom Hill’s hand causing a fumble. Smith would then recover the fumble to let the Packers take over in the same spot they lost it. Green Bay would get three and never be tied again.
One Thing I Liked: Green Bay completely flipped the script on offense – This wasn’t the Packers offense we saw last week or the week prior. Aaron Jones only got the ball 16 times, and in total, Green Bay only rushed 25 times with their slew of players. Compare that to the first two games where they were rushing 32 times. Packers showed off their balance in this one, and it should scare teams that Green Bay can beat you in so many different ways. That’s hard to compete against.
One Thing I Didn’t Like: Kamara got way too much space – The fantasy community will freak out about the day Alvin Kamara had yesterday and for good reason. He went completely off with 13 catches, 179 yards, and two touchdowns. Green Bay could not stop him all game long. It is a combination of people to blame it on. For starters, Mike Pettine did not play up enough and gave New Orleans way too much of a cushion. Also, Green Bay not having Christian Kirksey combined with their inability to tackle in open space was a problem.
Next up: Packers get set for a Monday night matchup against the 0-3 Atlanta Falcons. Even though the Falcons defense has looked like garbage, this is a game that the Packers can’t sleepwalk in. Atlanta desperately needs a win and they may be trying to save their coaches’ job.