Packers Excitement Meter: Lancaster Shows Out Again
Packers season is officially cooked. They were eliminated from the playoffs finally after the Chicago Bears beat them, 24-17, at Soldier Field. It’s only the fifth time in Aaron Rodgers’ career that he’s lost to the Bears. Chicago wins the NFC North, and will be moving on the playoffs. They’re a good team but showed the ability to be beat on Sunday afternoon. Green Bay had opportunities, but they could not capitalize on them especially in the fourth quarter. Packers did have some bright spots in the game
Category Five Excited: Tyler Lancaster – It appears the Packers may have found something with the undrafted defensive lineman. He held his own out there playing more snaps due to Kenny Clark being out with an injury. Lancaster did a good job plugging the middle and trying to stop the run. There were some issues, here and there, but Lancaster held up nicely. He could be a valued addition to the team for next season as a rotation player for the defensive line.
Category Four Excited: Davante Adams – We talk about him a lot, but he’s one of the best receivers in football. Adams notched another 100 yard game, and he has over 100 catches on the season. The dude is matchup-proof. It does not matter which corner is on Adams, he finds a way to go off. He’s a surefire Pro Bowl player and deserves to be in the ‘Best Wide Receiver in the game.’ Adams has five catches or more in every game but one this season, and if he scores one more touchdown, he’ll have a career high in catches. Big things for Adams in years to come.
Category Three Excited: Jason Spriggs – I had some tweets about Spriggs’ issues, but he played pretty well for everything considered. Spriggs did not get dominated by Khalil Mack like we all expected him to this game. He gave one sack and Rodgers had enough time to throw the football in the pocket. My guess is we’ll see Spriggs the rest of the year at right tackle and let Bryan Bulaga rest to finish the year. Packers have a year left on the former second-round draft pick’s deal and could easily get out if he need be. Interesting enough, Packers could also get out of Bulaga’s deal with little to no dead cap issues.
Category Two Excited: Eddie Pleasant – Like Lancaster, he was not a part of the Packers at the start of the season. Like last time around, he had a chance to make a big play and did not. On Chicago’s second touchdown drive of the first half, Pleasant had the perfect blitz to sack Mitch Trubisky and end the drive. Pleasant came through with a piss-poor tackle attempt, and Trubisky escaped leading to a score. Can’t have that.
Category One Excited: Aaron Rodgers – Yeah, he was terrible. This might have been one of the worst Rodgers games in some time. He had open man after open man and just missed it. The mechanics aren’t there for him this year. What changed? I really don’t know. He will have to hit the reset button and try to get back to basics. Rodgers had Marquez Valdes-Scantling streaking up the field to go up 21=14, and he overthrew it badly. Those two plays were almost like him trying to prove he could make it happen after the first misfire and didn’t.
It’s on to New York.