Packers Excitement Meter: Beating the Niners Doesn’t Inspire
I cannot remember being this cynical about a Green Bay Packers team. I’m trying to put my finger on a team where they’re driven me this crazy. The defense looks like a similar version of last year’s. Mike McCarthy continues to act like Aaron Rodgers isn’t the best player in football. The team makes more mental mistakes than a JV high school squad. They do not excite or inspire you. Sure, they’re in the ‘playoff hunt’ but like we mentioned, everyone in the NFC is at this moment. Good for the Packers for squeaking one out, but there’s not much to be happy about it in this game.
Category Five Excited: Davante Adams – Sure, there will be many speaking the platitudes of Aaron Rodgers, but how about Davante Adams? Think about this… He made Richard Sherman take him at the end of the moving with him to the slot. This isn’t status quo for Sherman even in his best days. Adams beats Sherman badly off the ball leading to the former great getting an illegal contact called against him. Adams finished this game with 10 catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns.
Category Four Excited: Aaron Rodgers – The god showed up yesterday. Rodgers engineered one of his patented fourth quarter dives as the team was tied for the lead. Rodgers went crazy down the stretch. But he does need some work in trusting the scheme and his players in the bye week. There were too many open men missed in this game due in large part to Rodgers’ refusal to throw them the ball. Rodgers finished the day with 426 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions with 100 QB rating. I’m sure Rodgers will be thrilled to have Allison and Cobb back in two weeks.
Category Three Excited: Kevin King – C.J. Beathard had his way with the Packers defense, but in a play that mattered the most, Kevin King stepped up. It’s third and three from 50. Mike Pettine dials up an all-out blitz and the ball fluttered as Beathad tries to hit another bomb to Marquise Goodwin only to be picked off by King. When he made the pick, I thought ‘Kevin King might have saved the season.’ I don’t think that’s an overreaction in the slightest. Good time for King to have his first interception of his career.
Category Two Excited: Blake Martinez – Yes, Blake had 12 tackles, but he did not play very well. He had too many moments where he got caught in the mixer, and San San Francisco’s running backs were able to break free. Martinez needs to be better in space. Everyone can have bad games. Personally, Martinez is playing pretty well this season in my opinion. Hopefully, this isn’t a start of a trend downward for him.
Category One Excited: Byron Bell – Woof. He was easily the worst player on the field routinely last night. Bell isn’t a starter in the National Football League. Justin McCray might not be either, but it’s hard for me to trust the right side of the line. They were assaulted all game long, and the Packers didn’t do much to stop it.
Next up: Bye week is here. Good time for Green Bay to get healthy. It’s likely Geronimo Allison, Randall Cobb and Jaire Alexander will all be back for the showdown against the potentially undefeated Los Angeles Rams. Rodgers would like his knee brace to not be on when facing the Rams, so, we’ll see if that’s a possibility as well. We have two weeks to talk and worry about the Rams. It should be a fascinating litmus test to see how good Green Bay is right now.