Star Ratings: Seahawks-Packers
Packers made believers out of everyone this week. The national media, local media and everyone else knows Packers are back. This team showed its teeth in the best way dismantling the Seahawks by 28 points. This is Seattle’s worst loss since 2011. There are two weird takeaways for me after this one – 1. I’m really not scared to go to Seattle for a game in the playoffs. 2. Chicago makes me more scared than Seahawks It feels so trap game-y and I can’t help myself.
Aaron Rodgers – What a game. Rodgers showed why he’s been one of the best in the last two months. We saw this coming a little bit on Friday when previewing the game. Rodgers knew there would be holes in this defense plus he saw the ability to make big plays downfield against this vaunted Hawks defense. He might have one leg, but Rodgers is halfway to making good on his promise about running the table.
Mike Daniels – Another guy who played one of his best games of the year. Mike Daniels found a way to be everywhere on the field. We wondered where Seattle’s poor offensive line would get exposed and found the answer in the middle with Daniels. Seahawks had no answer for Daniels which freed up the other pass rushers. Daniels should be making another trip to Hawaii for a second straight season.
Packers offensive line – It’s hard to pick one player out for this Green Bay team. T.J. Lang returned and he made a difference from controlling the middle during passes to springing some inside runs. Bryan Bulaga continues his hot stretch, and he should be Hawaii-bound as well. Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett were quiet as church mouses.
Morgan Burnett – Is it possible that Packers found Morgan Burnett’s position years late in his career? Burnett seems to be excelling in the ‘rover’ position where it’s hybrid linebacker/safety. We’ve seen this with Mark Barron and Deone Buchanan. Burnett came up with another big play this week intercepting Wilson for the first turnover of the game. Burnett finished with eight tackles and one pass deflection.
Davante Adams – Another game where you smile if you hung on to Davante stock. Look, I’m not perfect. Adams frustrated the hell out of me, but as the offseason went on, I wondered if this whole thing happened a year early for him. That’s what it’s starting to look like. Adams is a legit number two receiver, and he could be a number one someday. Adams is a beast. He worked DeShawn Shead all day and didn’t take shit from Richard Sherman. The second one will earn you Packers fans love for years.
Datone Jones/Jayrone Elliott – The two guys who replaced Nick Perry who’s out with a hand injury did a masterful job. Jones had a stupid penalty early on, but then he really found his way to the quarterback a couple times especially in the second half. Elliott loves to play against Seattle and he showed it again with his big sack of Russell Wilson.
Mike McCarthy’s play calling with a lead – For the first time in a good while, Mike McCarthy actually called an offensive that blended both conservative with a large lead and aggressive when they needed to be. McCarthy’s brand is to sit on a lead and let the opposing team crawl back in. He didn’t do that in this game. Even when Seattle got a late touchdown, McCarthy said fuck this and unleashed the Janis Jet Sweep for a touchdown.
Jared Cook’s injury – This isn’t a two star, but I needed a spot. Jared Cook looks to be seriously hurt, and that’s a bummer for Packers. If Cook has an injury again that will keep him out for weeks, Green Bay needs to think about how their offense looks in the final three weeks. Richard Rodgers’ packages should be held to a minimum.
Running Back Confusion – Green Bay had too many issues with the running backs not going to the right spots leading Rodgers to eat the play. That’s preseason and early season shit. I don’t care if the guys haven’t been there long, know the playbook. Hopefully, this cleaned up for Chicago this Sunday.