The Green Bay Packers Review
The Green Bay Packers are entering their bye week with a record of 8-2. This is the best start to their season since the 2011 season, where they finished 15-1. The defense started great, allowing 328 yards per game, 12 total sacks, and eight total turnovers through their first three games. Offensively, they didn’t really get going until week four verse the Eagles, where they had 491 yards of total offense. From weeks four-ten, the Packers averaged 385 yards of offense per game, and Rodgers had a 13-2 touchdown/interception ratio. The Packers have yet to have a game where their offense and defense are both clicking. But both have shown flashes of dominance.
Although you could make a case for Aaron Rodgers, with the way he has played over the last seven games, the award is going to Aaron Jones. Jones has 589 yards rushing, 354 yards receiving (943 total yards), and 14 total touchdowns. Averaging 4.3 yards per carry and 10.1 yards per reception, Jones has been explosive and electric. Jones has excelled in pass blocking this season, as he has the No. 1 pass-blocking grade among all running backs this season. His playmaking is a big reason this offense has been as productive as it has been.
Although the case could be made for Za’Darius Smith, it is the other Smith that will receive the award. Preston Smith has set a career-high in sacks (10), with six games left in the season. He also has three passes defensed, one forced fumble, and an interception. The free-agent signee has made an immediate impact, making himself one of the top pass rushers in the NFL this season.
Special Teams MVP
This one was hard because you have Mason Crosby, who has made 42/43 kicks on the season. He also has a game-winner against Detroit on the season as well. Then there is punter JK Scott. Per Pro Football Focus, he is currently the second-highest graded punter in the NFL, and his 4.6 average hang-time is the highest in the league. Scott has provided the defense with excellent field position with 19 punts inside the 20. Crosby has been automatic and reliable. Both are deserving of the award.
- Adrian Amos secures the win with an interception in the endzone against his former team- Week One
- The “Smith Brothers” combine for five sacks verse the Denver Broncos- Week Three
- Aaron Jones finishes with 182 total yards and 4 touchdowns in a win in Dallas- Week Five
- Mason Crosby makes a 23-yard game-winning field goal verse Detroit- Week Six
- For the first time in his career, Aaron Rodgers finishes with a perfect passer rating (158.3) verse the Oakland Raiders. He completed 25/31 passes for 429 yards and five touchdowns- Week Seven
- Matt LaFleur is off to the best start of any rookie Packers head coach (8-2) through the first 10 games.
The Packers still have six games left, but the things are looking up. LaFleur has a chance to become the first Packers first-year head coach to lead his team to the playoffs. They need their defense to get back to its dominating ways, and the offensive line needs to be a bit more consistent at protecting Rodgers and opening running lanes. This team should have no problem winning 11-13 games and making a deep postseason run.
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