Star Ratings: Saints-Packers
Green Bay Packers probably win this game if Aaron Rodgers is behind the center. That’s a fact. This Saints defense is better than the last couple of years, but they’re nothing special. This Saints team is better than some expected, yet they were beatable even with Brett Hundley at quarterback. It’s the first disappointing loss of the season for Green Bay as they fall to 4-3. The NFC North has become very tight with all four teams having three wins.
Kenny Clark – It’s time to get really excited about Kenny Clark. He continues to show out for the Green Bay Packers. He made a few really nice plays on Sunday like stringing out Alvin Kamara’s third down toss play and blocking an extra point to keep the Packers with a lead in the second half. Clark did real well against an improved Saints offensive line.
Aaron Jones – For the rest of the year, the number one running back should be Aaron Jones. He established himself as a special runner throughout the game especially on the first drive. Jones finished the game with 131 yards on 17 carries. This is his second game of over 100 yards in only three games played all year. Only mistake made with the rookie running back was the lack of carries in the first half after the first drive. Mike McCarthy needs to keep things unique to make Jones a factor.
Blake Martinez – Another game, another strong appearance from Blake Martinez. He finished the game with 16 total tackles with 13 of them being solo ones. That’s an impressive outing from the second-year player out of Stanford. He’s establishing himself as one of the top inside linebacker in the game. He still needs some work in the coverage game, but that’s going to come with experience. He’s a joy to watch light guys up.
David Bakhtiari – Welcome back, David Bakhtiari. He played strong along with the rest of the offensive line who was fully healthy besides Lane Taylor. These guys looked like a unit out there led by Bakhtiari who did a great job protecting Hundley in his first full start. Glad to see one of the best in the game look fully healthy again.
Davon House – To me, this was the best we’ve seen Davon House play this season. He made a great interception early and did an adequate job on the outside for the rest of the game. House kept Brandon Coleman pretty quiet besides his one touchdown. He needs to have more games like this for the Packers secondary to be successful. Sadly, there were some other holes in the secondary.
Brett Hundley – Man, that was a rough one for Brett Hundley. And it’s not entirely his fault. Mike McCarthy did not let him be great out there. We’ll talk about that momentarily. The second first half scoring drive was truly fucking great. He rushed it in for a touchdown. It’s too bad that’s the only real drive proved any promise for Green Bay’s offense.
Mike McCarthy – Woof. Mike McCarthy promised us that he ‘trusted Brett Hundley’, and he treated him with white gloves. I don’t get it. McCarthy worked with him for three years and yet, the head coach made him out to be a third-stringer. What the hell is going on? Did McCarthy overthink himself? Did the team try to wing it the week before the bye week? I’m starting to lean towards that.
Packers Receiving Core – Saints secondary is not the Jaguars, but they locked down all of the receivers. Hundley needs to find a way to get chemistry with any of the three major receivers. It doesn’t have to be on the same page with every receiver, but just one or two would be ideal.