Packers Excitement Meter: The Atlanta Bounce Back
Green Bay Packers responded to their coach being fired like most of it expected them. They played really well and won the game without any question about it. Packers won 34-20 over the Atlanta Falcons yet the game was much of a blowout than the score showed at the end of the game. Green Bay had their first dominating blowout win in awhile. It hasn’t happened this season where you actually finished the game and feel good about the result. This Packers team needed a change, and Sunday made it abundantly clear of it. Green Bay had some good games from all types of players and a couple where improvement is needed.
Category Five Excited: Bashaud Breeland – To me, he was the player of the game on Sunday. Breeland made a beautiful read on the ball for an interception for a touchdown. It’s been a long time since the Packers had a pick-six in a game. I literally looked and couldn’t find the last one. Breeland recovered a fumble as Atlanta drove to the goal line and the snap was muffed. He is the first player since Charles Woodson to do both things. Wood did that in 2009. Breeland seems like a player that needs to stay on for next season. He’s done more good than bad things in the secondary.
Category Four Excited: Aaron Rodgers – There were a lot of names that I could have put here. Honestly, Clay Matthews may have been more deserving. But I wanted to talk a bit about Rodgers’ outing. He had 196 yards of passing, two touchdowns, no interceptions with a quarterback rating of 103.1. He also added 44 yards on the ground. Rodgers looked more like himself than he has in weeks with the team. The back shoulder flick pass to Davante was beautiful. Same with the touchdown to Randall Cobb. Rodgers had a great game.
Category Three Excited: Tyler Lancaster – Keep an eye on this guy for the rest of the season. Kenny Clark went down early in the game, and Lancaster had to step in to play a few more snaps than usual. He did fine. Atlanta didn’t establish the run without Clark or Daniels for the most part with Lancaster eating up space in the middle. The dude can ply a little football.
Category Two Excited: Josh Jackson – Here’s the thing about Josh Jackson’s day. He had a holding penalty against him and got burned badly by Mohammed Sanu. Jackson did make a few nice plays in the middle of the field, but nothing that special. The one thing to point out about the Sanu burn was Jackson read that play, he just mistimed it. If Jackson times it up, the Packers added another touchdown via the pick-six. He’ll get there.
Category One Excited: Jimmy Graham – Woof. What a bad day from Jimmy Graham. He had multiple drops and a bad offensive pass interference that would have sprung Davante Adams for a huge gain. Graham’s thumb is clearly an issue out there. I wonder if the team talks to him about potentially sitting out the rest of the season. He isn’t very good with one hand and might be better to have the other tight ends in there for Rodgers.