PackCap: The Big Bob Tonyan Breakout Game
Robert aka Big Bob Tonyan has a special place in my heart. I’m not sure what made me like Robert Tonyan, but I’ve always been a fan of what he does on the football field. Tonyan always seemed like a player who could be a factor given his speed and size. Now, I didn’t think he would be a legit option for the Packers offense though. People scoffed at the idea of Tonyan being TE1 for the Packers, but he is. The breakout game of Big Bob was the headline of the Packers 30-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Green Bay is 4-0 for the first time since 2015, and the first time in their franchise history that they’ve scored 30 or more points in all four games.
Player of the Game: Robert Tonyan – Who else?? Teams will likely try to make sure that games like this do not happen again. Green Bay has themselves a tight end threat for the first time since Jared Cook. I nearly went as far as to say Jermichael Finley, but Green Bay indeed has only two strong tight end threats throughout Aaron Rodgers’ career. Add a third one to the list with Tonyan. He had eight catches, 96 yards, and three touchdowns. This is the game of his life, but it is not a fluke.
Honorable Mention: Jaire Alexander – You know who didn’t get enough credit in this game? Jaire Alexander. ESPN wondered why Calvin Ridley did not get a pass completion and failed to mention Alexander’s name. He played excellent football today against Ridley, who is off to a Pro Bowl-like season. Alexander goose egged him. Hopefully, more and more people see the first-round draft pick as one of the best cornerbacks in football. He deserves that title.
One Thing To Remember: Packers held tall on 20-play drive – Green Bay let Atlanta march down the field in 20 plays. While that’s frustrating considering the length of time that Atlanta burned holding them to a field goal was the first real win for the defense. They were able to prevent six points after a marathon drive. That to me made a statement on how everything else was going to go for this defense.
One Thing to Like: Jamaal Williams, the pass-catcher – What a game from Jamaal Williams out of the backfield. Williams had eight catches for 95 yards. He is becoming a true receiving option out of the backfield for Green Bay. The Packers running back knows that he is in a contract year and worked hard to show off why he might be deserving of a big payday.
Next up: Green Bay takes a week off for a much-needed bye then they head down to Tampa Bay for a showdown with the Buccaneers. Tom Brady versus Aaron Rodgers which we do not see very often. Tampa will play Chicago this Thursday before facing off against Green Bay. The Pack Attack has won the last three against Bucs, but Brady did get the upper hand versus Rodgers in 2018.