Star Ratings: Packers vs. Cowboys
Once again, the Packers and Cowboys delivered another classic to the NFL masses. These two are working on what could be called one of the better rivalries in the sport at this point. Aaron Rodgers found a way yet again to drive a stake through the heart of Texas for yet another season. Packers did have some injury issues in the game, but they overcame them plus some bad calls to score a huge victory. They’ll stay on top on the NFC North and tied for the best record in the NFC.
Aaron Rodgers – Kings stay king. Honestly, I know people want to talk about the season that Alex Smith is having for the Kansas City Chiefs, but no one has been more valuable to their team than Aaron Rodgers. It’s way too early to get into this kind of discussion, but he’s been amazing to start the year. So many plays were made by the future Hall of Fame quarterback that made you happy he was the quarterback you root for.
Aaron Jones – How about this? Aaron Jones comes out of nowhere to have a great game for the Packers. He looked good running against a tough Chicago run defense last Thursday with 53 yards and a touchdown. But some wondered if that was against weaker competition considering Packers had won the game already. Jones showed up with 125 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown. Green Bay has two running backs now, which is a good problem to have.
Davante Adams – I don’t think anyone expected that the receiver we’d be talking about on Monday morning is Davante Adams. After all of the things he went through last week, it would not have been a bad thing if he had three balls for 20 yards. Instead, Adams had seven catches for 66 yards and two touchdowns. What a performance by him.
Damarious Randall – The Packers problem child gets a nod from us today. He had the game-changing pick-six that gave Green Bay the lead initially in the fourth quarter. Randall also made a beautiful play on a jump ball against Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams on a free play from Dak Prescott. If he could be anything like 2015, Green Bay is in good shape. Stefon Diggs is next who gave him nightmares last year.
Blake Martinez – One of the things we need to talk more about is how Blake Martinez is becoming a legit dude out there on defense. He had another nice day filling the holes and making plays at the quarterback. Martinez finished with 12 total tackles with seven them being solo. He’s a player out there.
Lane Taylor – Not the best day for Lane Taylor, but he deserves some recognition for playing a decent left tackle while they’ve been hampered with injuries. It sounds like David Bakhtiari will be back next week kicking Taylor to his normal left guard position. I don’t know if people realize how hard this move is.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix – Packers need to figure out how Ha Ha Clinton-Dix can regain that 2016 Pro Bowl swagger. He is not having a good year. Jason Witten tore up the team through the middle, and that’s not something that should happen with Clinton-Dix there. I’m not sure if he’s getting exposed due to the Nitro defense, but it has to be better.
Quinten Rollins – I know people were calling for Randall’s head, but are we sure Quinten Rollins can play football at this level? He looked very slow out there, and he seems like a carryover from the Green Bay teams that have fallen short. Rollins lacks a speed element that they need in today’s NFL.
Mason Crosby – Not entirely Mason’s fault out there with the two missed extra points, but you have to think this combo of Taybor Pepper-Justin Vogel-Crosby are going to spend more time this week trying to right the ship. I thought Barstool Sports personality and former punter Pat McAfee did a great job of breaking down what actually happened.
Rough start for the FG operation in Dallas for the cheese folks.. Rhythm rhythm rhythm pic.twitter.com/KKvTLwfHLp
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) October 8, 2017
Officials – I’m not going to spend too much time on this but they were utter trash.
Always feels good to beat the Cowboys.